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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Overtime Issues Troubling the Energy Sector
Posted on 8 Oct 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Lindsay M. Bouffard As a result of the expansion of oil and gas activities in the region and the increasing jobs associated with the expansion, the Department of Labor has been stepping up its enforcement initiative for oil and gas companies and... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: What Constitutes ‘Commencing a Well’ in Pennsylvania
Posted on 15 Jul 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Lori A. Dawkins and Brian J. Pulito On May 24, 2013, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued a Memorandum Opinion in which it addressed what activities constitute “commencing a well” ( Good Will... 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: Implied Covenant to Develop in Ohio Negated by Express Language in Lease: Bilbaran Farm Inc. v. Bakerwell Inc., et al.
Posted on 15 Jul 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Timothy M. McKeen and Jason Lucas On June 12, 2013, Ohio's Fifth District Court of Appeals held that a general waiver of implied covenants in an oil and gas lease negates the lessee’s duty to develop other formations and acreage ( Bilbaran... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declines To Hear Appeal In Caldwell v. Kriebel
Posted on 3 Dec 2013 by Babst Calland

By Lawrence H. Baumiller On November 26, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the Superior Court’s decision in Caldwell v. Kriebel Resources Co. [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ], which held... Read More

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds the Continuing Vitality of the 177-Year-Old Dunham Rule
Posted on 29 Apr 2013 by Norton Rose Fulbright

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld the continuing vitality of the 177 year old Dunham rule in Pennsylvania, reiterating that a rebuttable presumption arises in any private deed or land conveyance that natural gas is not a "mineral" unless... Read More

Fulbright & Jaworski Releases Trade Secrets and the Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing - Toward a Global Perspective
Posted on 19 Apr 2013 by Norton Rose Fulbright

This Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. paper is in collaboration with the global law firm Norton Rose. Trade Secrets and the Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing provides a global view of how governments have attempted to strike a balance between the benefits... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Power Line Rights of Way - FERC Approves New Vegetation Management Rules
Posted on 26 Mar 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Kurt L. Krieger and Nora C. Price On March 21, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") approved new rules for managing vegetation along power line rights of way. The purpose of the approved modifications to existing electric... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: EPA Accepting Data Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing Study
Posted on 12 Nov 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando F. Benincasa In an update on its study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would be accepting data and analyses from the public to... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Balancing The Rights Of Landowners, Wind Power Developers And Mineral Rights Owners
Posted on 4 Jun 2013 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin It is the dream of many landowners in the United States to one day have both oil wells and wind turbines on their land. For this happen, however, landowners must play an active role in keeping oil and wind companies from trying... Read More

DLA Piper Energy Alert: Thinking Strategically on Pipe Build-out for the Shale Boom
Posted on 21 Mar 2013 by DLA Piper

By Lee A. Alexander, Stefan M. Krantz and Zachary S. Launer Recent developments in horizontal drilling techniques have propelled natural gas production from shale formations to the forefront of domestic oil and gas production today. This rapid expansion... Read More

Transco Asks FERC to Authorize Leidy Southeast Pipeline Project
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by Babst Calland

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (“Transco”) recently filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) for authorization to construct and operate the Leidy Southeast Project. According to the... Read More

Land Owner Concedes Strict Liability Claim in Compressor Station Case
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by Babst Calland

Penn State Marcellus Shale Law Blog reports that the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania recently granted in part and denied in part Texas Eastern Transmission, L.P.’s motion to dismiss and or strike a personal injury complaint... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Hydrofracking and The Battle Over Water in South Texas
Posted on 21 Oct 2012 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin In an article titled, " Introduction to Hydraulic Fracturing Natural Gas Exploration ," Rebecca Jo Reser , an IADC member and partner at the San Antonio, Texas law firm of Davidson Troilo Ream & Garza, discusses the... Read More