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Babst Calland: Advocates From Pa., Ohio, West Virginia Urge Common Approach To Shale Gas Taxation
Posted on 28 Mar 2014 by Babst Calland

By Joshua F. Hall As reported by Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station, 90.5 WESA, three advocacy groups, Leaders of Policy Matters Ohio, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, and the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, sent a letter to... Read More

A New LexisNexis Publication: "The Legal and Regulatory Landscape of Hydraulic Fracturing"
Posted on 4 Apr 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Perhaps no topic in energy and environmental law has been more controversial than the extraction of shale oil and gas from rock formations through hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” It is the subject of vigorous debates over its purported... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Ohio Governor Continues to Push for Shale Fracking Tax
Posted on 31 Jul 2012 by State Net

KASICH CONTINUES PUSH FOR DRILLING TAX: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) renewed his call to impose steeper oil and gas drilling taxes on out-of-state oil companies in order to pay for an income tax cut for Buckeye State residents, telling reporters, "The... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Grants Appeal of Butler Case
Posted on 4 Apr 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Russell L. Schetroma On April 3, 2012 in Butler v. Charles Powers Estate ex rel. Warren, 760 MAL 2011, 2012 Pa. LEXIS 716 (Pa. Apr. 3, 2012) [ enhanced version available to subscribers ], the Pennsylvania Supreme Court entered a per... Read More

Will Lawsuits Related to Shale Gas Drilling be the 'Next Big Thing?'
Posted on 14 Sep 2011 by Gregg Lawson

PHILADELPHIA - Shale drilling for natural gas is big business in several states, but will it be "the next big thing" for litigators? It may be too early to tell, but the plaintiff and defense bars are gearing up. About 110 attorneys, insurance... 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

Energy Secretary's Advisors Recommend Major Changes to Improve Regulation of Shale Gas Fracking
Posted on 25 Aug 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Advisors to US Energy Secretary, Stephen Chu, have recommended major changes to improve regulation and environmental performance of shale gas fracturing (fracking) in the US. Public consultation is continuing... Read More

Few Seats Remain For Philadelphia Gas Drilling (Fracking) Operations Conference
Posted on 1 Sep 2011 by HB Litigation Conferences

BERWYN, Pa. - Only 10 seats remain for HB Litigation Conferences ' Gas Drilling Operations Conference: Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Hub Cira Centre , 2929 Arch St., Philadelphia, attached to the 30 th Street Train Station... Read More

Study Concludes Hydraulic Fracturing Isn't Contaminating Groundwater; Poor Waste Management, Bore Wells Are
Posted on 5 Jul 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted groundwater contamination associated with natural gas produced from deep shale deposits by hydraulic fracturing. A study by researchers (with no industry contributions) concludes that such pollution results not from liquids pumped... Read More

Pennsylvania Decision Creates Uncertainty About Who Owns Shale Gas
Posted on 10 Nov 2011 by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

By Erik M. Hume As many property owners throughout Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale counties have learned in recent years, ownership of the surface does not necessarily include ownership of what lies below. Title to the surface and subsurface can be "severed";... Read More

Fracking, Methane And Drinking Water
Posted on 27 Jun 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer The Ernst v. Encana fracking lawsuit gained strength last month with the publication of Rob Jackson's peer-reviewed paper: Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic... Read More

LAST CHANCE! Live Webcast Still Available For Sept. 9 Gas Drilling (Fracking) Operations Conference
Posted on 8 Sep 2011 by HB Litigation Conferences

BERWYN, Pa. - The seats are filled for HB Litigation Conferences ' Gas Drilling Operations Conference: Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Hub Cira Centre , but the live Webcast is still available. Co-chairs are Marc Bern... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Opportunities in International Shale Gas Development
Posted on 12 Sep 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Philip D. Vasquez In a recent white paper, I have outlined how India has proposed lucrative terms for foreign companies to come into India to help with shale gas development. As gas prices fall domestically, gas demands in countries such as India... Read More

Fracking and Hazardous Waste
Posted on 10 May 2011 by Dianne Saxe

Nova Scotia has followed Quebec, and has launched its own investigation into the potential environmental hazards of hydraulic fracturing to produce shale gas, especially the impacts on water. Meanwhile, the US EPA is anxious to formally start its own... Read More

Fracking, Drinking Water and Regulation
Posted on 10 May 2011 by Dianne Saxe

Jessica Ernst has launched a multi million dollar lawsuit against Encana Corporation , the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, and the Alberta government for contamination of her property and drinking water due to Encana's fracking program... Read More