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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: OSHA: Coming to a Drilling Site Near You
Posted on 24 Feb 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Lindsay M. Bouffard and David E. Dick In an effort to reduce fatalities in the oil and gas industry, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) created an Oil and Gas Regional Emphasis Program . This program, implemented in 2012, applies... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Energy Employers Face Increased Enforcement Activities
Posted on 8 Oct 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By C. David Morrison and Rodney L. Bean Representatives of the West Virginia Department of Labor (WVDOL) have begun visiting drilling sites in the state to make sure that all people receiving 1099 income are registered to do business in West Virginia... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Regulatory Lead Time an Important Consideration in Development of Ohio Drilling Units
Posted on 23 Jan 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Kathy Milenkovski and Neal Pierce During the past year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has conducted hearings on three applications for unitized operation under Ohio Revised Code 1509.28. Additional hearings are on the schedule for January... 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 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

Pennsylvania Landowners Settle Groundwater Contamination Suit Against Chesapeake Energy Corp. for $1.6 Million
Posted on 9 Jul 2012 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Staff

DALLAS - Attorneys with Allen Stewart, P.C. announced June 25 that a group of Pennsylvania landowners represented by the Dallas-based law firm have settled their claims against oil and gas giant Chesapeake Energy Corporation for $1.6 million. The settlement... Read More

K&L Gates LLP: SEC Adopts New Rules Requiring Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers to Governments
Posted on 25 Jan 2013 by K & L Gates LLP

By James O. Green, P. Gregory Hidalgo and Lynwood E. Reinhardt Excerpt: On August 22, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") adopted new rules relating to disclosure of payments by so-called "resource extraction... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: District Court Grants Summary Judgment to Mineral Owners Against the U.S. Forest Service
Posted on 28 Sep 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

In Minard Run Oil Co. v. United States Forest Serv . , C.A. No. 09-125 Erie (W.D. Pa. September 6, 2012) [ enhanced version available to subscribers ], Judge Sean J. McLaughlin of the Western District of Pennsylvania granted summary judgment... Read More