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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: FMLA Misstep Proves Costly to Energy Employer
Posted on 15 Jan 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Lindsay M. Bouffard An oil and gas support services company recently paid more than $43,000 in back wages and agreed to reinstate a terminated employee after a Department of Labor (DOL) investigation revealed the company terminated an employee... Read More

DLA Piper: Mongolia’s New Petroleum Law Now In Effect – Key Points Of Its Investor-Friendly Incentives
Posted on 31 Oct 2014 by DLA Piper

By Stewart K. Diana and Battushig Batsuren* In the latest effort by the Government of Mongolia (GoM) to increase foreign investment and accelerate economic activity, the Great Khural, or Parliament, has adopted the Law of Mongolia on Petroleum. The... 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

Babst Calland: ODNR Releases 2012 Ohio Oil And Gas Summary
Posted on 3 Dec 2013 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Department of Natural Resources released its annual oil and gas summary for 2012. The summary provides a comprehensive review of oil and gas permitting, drilling and production activity across the entire state of Ohio... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: UKCS - Offshore Bareboat Chartering – Draft Legislation Published
Posted on 13 May 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

In the Autumn Statement (5 December 2013), one announcement causing surprise and consternation to the UK North Sea oil and gas sector ( UKCS ) was that a ring fence was to be introduced in relation to certain UKCS profits made by an oil contractor, and... Read More

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

Babst Calland: Energy Transfer Partners Approves Construction of New Marcellus/Utica Pipeline
Posted on 7 Jul 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.’s board of directors has approved the construction of a new pipeline to transport gas to markets in the United States and Canada. The pipeline’s capacity is proposed to transport 2.2... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: FERC Allows Non-public Information Sharing Between Gas Pipelines, Electric Utilities
Posted on 3 Dec 2013 by Troutman Sanders

By Troutman Sanders LLP On November 15, 2013, FERC issued Order No. 787, authorizing interstate natural gas pipelines and electric transmission operators to voluntarily share non-public, operational information with each other to promote grid reliability... 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

Norton Rose Fulbright: Commerce Announces Russian Oil Industry Export Controls
Posted on 7 Aug 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Stephen M. McNabb , Stefan Reisinger , Kimberly Hope Caine and Gwen S. Green On August 1, 2014, the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") issued a final rule imposing a licensing requirement for the export... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Oil and Gas Production Soars
Posted on 7 Jul 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater Oil and gas production increased by 640% from 2012 to 2013 according to a report published by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The one year increase was the largest in Ohio history and is the most natural gas that Ohio... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Mineral Lessees Have Surface Rights Across Non-Producing Pooled Tracts
Posted on 2 Jul 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Christina A. Denmark, Of Counsel, and Russell L. Schetroma, Member On June 20, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court held that a mineral lessee has the right to use a road to cross the surface of non-producing pooled tracts. This decision is critical for... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: New York Court of Appeals Upholds Local Zoning Restrictions on Oil and Gas
Posted on 2 Jul 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

On June 30, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that under the “Home Rule” principle, towns may ban oil and gas production activities, including but not limited to hydraulic fracturing, through the use of local zoning laws in the case... 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