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Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Judge Denies Requests To Intervene In Act 13 Case
Posted on 10 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Matthew L. Lambach On April 9, 2014, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan Pellegrini denied the petition to intervene of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association , Marcellus Shale Coalition and American Petroleum Institute... Read More

Babst Calland: Commonwealth Court Issues Decision On Remaining Issues In Act 13 Case
Posted on 8 Aug 2014 by Babst Calland

By Lawrence H. Baumiller In its far-reaching decision in Robinson v. Commonwealth [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ], which was issued on December 19, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court invalidated several critical provisions... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pa. Gov. Corbett Signs Act Providing for Mandatory Disclosures in Royalty Statements
Posted on 12 Jul 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed SB 259 on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The legislation requires natural gas producers operating in Pennsylvania to standardize all deductions listed on royalty check payment stubs. More specifically, producers must include... Read More

Babst Calland: Pa. Zoning Hearing Board Erred When It Denied Application for Natural Gas Compressor Station
Posted on 10 Nov 2014 by Babst Calland

By Alana E. Fortna On September 26, 2014, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued an opinion in favor of MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources, LLC [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. MarkWest had purchased a 71.5 acre... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pa. Environmental Hearing Board Tosses First Utica Conservation Act Applications
Posted on 26 Nov 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Russell L. Schetroma and Nathaniel I. Holland | Hilcorp Energy Company filed the first application for spacing orders under Pennsylvania's 1960s vintage Oil and Gas Conservation Law affecting Utica shale operations with the Pennsylvania Department... Read More

Pennsylvania’s Landlord and Tenant Act Is not Applicable to Oil and Gas Leases
Posted on 10 Jul 2014 by Babst Calland

By Alana E. Fortna In a recent opinion, the Pennsylvania Superior Court addressed whether Pennsylvania’s Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951 (the “Act”), and the applicable statute of frauds contained therein, applies to oil and gas leases... Read More

Babst Calland: Labor and Employment Professor’s Study Shows that the Marcellus Shale has Boosted the Construction Industry
Posted on 12 Nov 2014 by Babst Calland

By Marc J. Felezzola According to a report in the Pittsburgh Business Times , Robert Bruno , a labor and employment relations professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has determined that the shale fields in Western Pennsylvania... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Bans New Gas Leases For Commonwealth-Owned Lands
Posted on 9 Feb 2015 by Babst Calland

By Nicholas J. Habursky [On Jan. 29], Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf fulfilled a campaign promise by signing an executive order banning new oil and gas leases on public land owned by the Commonwealth. This order ended the efforts of former Governor... Read More

Babst Calland: Federal Court Invalidates Portions of a Local Ordinance, Which Banned the Use of Underground Injection Wells
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 by Babst Calland

By Alana E. Fortna On October 14, 2015, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania invalidated several provisions of a Grant Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania local ordinance that was intended to prevent an oil and... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: EPA Proposes Zero Discharge Rule For Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater
Posted on 21 May 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

On April 7, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed regulations which would create pretreatment standards of performance for existing and new sources of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations. EPA is proposing... Read More

Babst Calland: Allegheny County Council Rejects Proposal To Ban Drilling In County Parks
Posted on 26 Nov 2013 by Babst Calland

By Matthew L. Lambach The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Allegheny County Council rejected a proposed three-year moratorium on natural gas drilling within county parks. The measure failed 2-9, with four council members abstaining because of conflicts... Read More

Babst Calland: New York Court Dismisses Suits Seeking to Compel State’s Environmental Impact Statement
Posted on 8 Aug 2014 by Babst Calland

By Holly A. Pisanelli On July 11, 2014, a New York state trial court dismissed two similar cases in which the plaintiffs sought to compel the State to finalize a Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (“SGEIS”) pursuant to... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pa. Federal Judge Invalidates Ordinance Governing Oil and Gas Waste Disposal
Posted on 3 Nov 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

A federal judge invalidated portions of a “Community Bill of Rights Ordinance” that banned the disposal of waste from oil and gas operations and eliminated the legal rights of corporations in Grant Township, Pennsylvania [ lexis.com subscribers... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia DOL May Require PEs Working Shale Gas Development To Obtain Contractor License
Posted on 24 Mar 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Paul A. Konstanty What does this mean to you? If you are currently a Professional Engineer (PE) working in the Marcellus shale, you may now also need to be licensed as a Contractor in the State of West Virginia. Failure to comply means you could... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio EPA Issues Revised General Air Permits For Horizontal Drilling Sites Requiring More Aggressive Methane Leak Detection and Repair
Posted on 8 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Joshua F. Hall As reported by the Akron Beacon Journal Online on April 4, 2014, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued revised general permits for the installation and operation of air contaminant sources at oil and gas horizontal well... Read More