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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

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

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

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania DEP Finds No Link Between Hydraulic Fracturing and Methane Contamination
Posted on 3 May 2013 by LexisNexis Communities Staff

By Armando F. Benincasa, Brian J. Pulito and Thomas J. Sengewalt After a 16-month investigation, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas by WPX Energy, Inc. was not responsible... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Ohio's $500 Billion Oil Resource Frustrating Drillers
Posted on 14 May 2013 by State Net

The Utica Shale formation in eastern Ohio grabbed the national spotlight two years ago when the state's Department of Natural Resources estimated it held 5.5 billion barrels of recoverable oil, more than twice Yemen's oil resource and worth nearly... Read More

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP: New EPA Report Again Ties Wyoming Water Pollution To Fracking
Posted on 5 Nov 2012 by Norton Rose Fulbright

On October 10, 2012, as a follow-up to its December 2011 draft report concerning allegations of groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming, the EPA released the methodology and results for additional water samples collected from two monitoring wells... Read More

California Energy Group Defends Oil and Gas Leasing
Posted on 8 Jul 2013 by William Perry Pendley

DENVER - A California nonprofit, non-partisan trade association that represents some 450 independent crude oil and natural gas producers, royalty owners, and service and supply companies on Juje 25 filed its brief with a California federal district court... Read More

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP Fracking Blog: Federal vs. State Regulation
Posted on 8 Nov 2012 by Norton Rose Fulbright

On September 10, 2012, members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Natural Resources wrote to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, requesting that the Bureau of Land Management's proposed regulations governing hydraulic fracturing... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio Attorney General Rules Counties May Sell Water to Oil and Gas Operators
Posted on 15 Jun 2013 by LexisNexis Communities Staff

The Ohio Attorney General's office was recently asked to give its opinion on a county's authority to sell water that is available to oil and gas drillers in need of large quantities of water for hydraulic fracturing purposes. Specifically, Harrison... Read More

Fulbright & Jaworski Releases 'Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Drilling Litigation'
Posted on 6 Mar 2013 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Barclay Richard Nicholson and Stephen C. Dillard Over the last four years, with the continued development and production of natural gas from shale formations throughout the country, lawsuits involving hydraulic fracturing activities have increased... Read More

AP Enterprise: Lowball Natural Gas Drilling Leases Haunt Pennsylvania
Posted on 28 Jul 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

FORKSVILLE, Pa. - (AP) A few short years after agreeing to lease their land to a natural gas company for $2 an acre, Dave and Karen Beinlich could do little but watch, and wait, as an overnight drilling boom turned fellow Pennsylvania landowners into... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Mechanical Integrity Assessment in Pennsylvania
Posted on 22 Nov 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Stephen C. Smith Well operators in Pennsylvania must inspect each operating well at least quarterly to ensure it is in compliance with the well construction and operating requirements as required by Pa. Code title 25, § 78.88 . At a minimum... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Among Environmentalists, Hydrofracking is Not a 'Yes or No' Issue
Posted on 15 Apr 2013 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin On April 10, 2013, I participated in " Justice Speaks ," an event sponsored by the Justice Action Center at New York Law School on hydraulic fracturing. Joining me on the podium was Daniel Raichel , a Project Attorney... Read More