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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: WVDEP Issues New Storm Water Construction General Permit for Oil and Gas Projects
Posted on 16 May 2013 by LexisNexis Communities Staff

By Armando F. Benincasa The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) issued its long-delayed Storm Water Construction General Permit for Oil and Gas projects this past Monday. The permit which will impact greatly oil and gas industry... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: W. Va. DEP Issues Modified Oil and Gas Horizontal Well Rule
Posted on 5 Nov 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection filed a modified version of 35 CSR , Series 8, the agency's new oil and gas horizontal well legislative rule, with the Secretary of State on September 14, 2012. The modified rule includes a... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: W.Va. Supreme Court to Decide Rights of Surface Owners
Posted on 9 Oct 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Bridget Furbee The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia will decide a certified question sent by the Doddridge County Circuit Court. On September 25, 2012, oral argument was held before the Court in the case of James Martin, Director DEP and... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia DEP Files Emergency Rule For Horizontal Drilling
Posted on 24 Aug 2011 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando F. Benincasa Pursuant to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's July 12, 2011 Executive Order , the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection late yesterday filed an emergency rule that will apply to horizontal wells in West Virginia... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia House Judiciary Amends Horizontal Well Legislative Rule
Posted on 12 Apr 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando F. Benincasa and G. Kurt Dettinger On April 9, 2013, the House Judiciary Committee amended SB 243, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection ("WVDEP") rules bill which includes the promulgation of permanent legislative... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia DEP Proposes Permit Regulating Stormwater For Oil and Gas Operations
Posted on 8 Mar 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando F. Benincasa The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a draft State General Water Pollution Control Permit proposing to regulate the discharge of stormwater runoff associated with oil and gas construction activities... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia Supreme Court Rules Surface Owners Have No Right to Appeal Well Work Permits
Posted on 27 Nov 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando Benincasa and Bridget Furbee [On Nov. 21] the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued an important decision regarding whether surface owners have a right to appeal well work permits issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental... Read More

Babst Calland: New Horizontal Well Location Restrictions and Setback Requirements in West Virginia
Posted on 26 Jan 2012 by Babst Calland

Oil and natural gas operators should be aware that new horizontal well location restrictions and setback requirements, that are included in the recently adopted Horizontal Well Act (the Act), may significantly affect well drilling plans in West Virginia... Read More

Babst Calland: West Virginia Office of Oil and Gas Proposes New Rule to Regulate Horizontal Wells
Posted on 8 Aug 2012 by Babst Calland

On June 28, 2012, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), Office of Oil and Gas (OOG), proposed a new rule, 35 CSR 8, to regulate horizontal well development. This action by the OOG is the latest in a series of measures taken... Read More