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Ballard Spahr LLP: President Obama, EPA Announce Final Clean Power Plan to Regulate Power Plant Emissions Connected to Climate Change
Posted on 5 Aug 2015 by Ballard Spahr LLP

President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the issuance of the long-anticipated Federal Clean Power Plan, which regulates emission to the atmosphere of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) from existing fossil fuel-fired electric... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Supreme Court Schedules Oral Argument in Dormant Mineral Act Cases
Posted on 3 Mar 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Supreme Court scheduled oral argument in two significant Dormant Mineral Act (“DMA”) cases. Oral argument has been scheduled on Corban v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. for May 6, 2015. As previously reported... Read More

Babst Calland: 3 Oil and Gas Bills Pass Pennsylvania Senate Panel
Posted on 9 Feb 2015 by Babst Calland

By Elena L. Rorabaugh | A Pennsylvania senate committee recently unanimously approved two bills regarding oil and gas royalty calculations. StateImpact Pennsylvania reported that Senate Bills 147 and 148 were approved by the Senate Environmental Resources... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: EPA Releases Clean Power Plan
Posted on 5 Aug 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Stephen L. Miller On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA Administrator McCarthy released the agency’s Clean Power Plan , regulations designed to significantly reduce CO 2 emissions from power plants, as well as promoting low-emitting power... Read More

Cadwalader: Initial Decision Finds that BP Manipulated 2008 Natural Gas Market in Texas
Posted on 18 Aug 2015 by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Introduction On August 13, 2015, a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“ FERC ” or “ Commission ”) Administrative Law Judge (“ ALJ ”) issued an initial decision in which she found that BP America Inc. et al. (“... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Federal Court Holds 1961 Dual Purpose Lease Still In Effect
Posted on 4 Aug 2015 by Babst Calland

By Matthew L. Lambach | In the case titled Mason v. Range Res.-Appalachia LLC (2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97471), the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania recently held that a 1961 oil and gas lease remained in effect pursuant... 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: 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

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania High Court Prohibits Tolling of Oil and Gas Leases During Litigation
Posted on 3 Mar 2015 by Babst Calland

By Steven B. Silverman [On Feb. 17], the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued Harrison v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. , a significant opinion in which the Court refused to apply equitable tolling principles that other oil and gas jurisdictions have adopted... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania DEP Repurposes Rules for Oil and Gas Wells – Industry Concerns Increase
Posted on 3 Apr 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Gary E. Slagel | As was previously noted on this blog site, the PA Department of Environmental Protection embarked on an effort several years ago to revise its Chapter 78 rules pertaining to the permitting and environmental issues associated with... 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

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

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP: New Drilling and Recycling Regulations Proposed by Texas Railroad Commission Relating to Hydraulic Fracturing
Posted on 1 Nov 2012 by Norton Rose Fulbright

In recent weeks, the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) approved several amendments to the Administrative Code relating to drilling, casing, cementing, well control, and the commercial recycling of produced water and/or hydraulic fracturing flowback fluid... 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

Babst Calland: Department of the Interior Releases Semiannual Statement Of Regulatory Priorities
Posted on 6 Dec 2013 by Babst Calland

By Jonathan E. Dan The Department of the Interior has released its Statement of Regulatory Priorities , a subsection of which highlights the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s priorities on energy issues including hydraulic fracturing. BLM’s... Read More