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Babst Calland: Ohio DNR Opens Comment Period for Draft Rules on Well Pad Construction
Posted on 29 Sep 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has opened the comment period on its draft rules for the construction of horizontal well sites. All interested parties may submit comments in writing by the close-of-business on Monday... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia Governor Signs 3-state Agreement Pledging Support for Ongoing Natural Gas Development in the Appalachian Basin
Posted on 14 Oct 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

The Tri-State Shale Summit is a collaborative effort on behalf of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia to bring together industry leaders to facilitate a discussion on the opportunities in the Marcellus and Utica Shale region. The Summit features engaging... 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

Babst Calland: Ohio Shale Jobs Report Shows 79% Increase Since 2011
Posted on 6 May 2014 by Babst Calland

By Meredith L. Calfe The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services released its quarterly report on the shale industry last Friday. The report shows a 79% increase in core shale-related industry employment in Ohio over the last two years, with an... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio Appeals Court Overturns Ruling That Held Certain Oil And Gas Leases Were Void
Posted on 3 Oct 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

In Hupp v. Beck , Ohio’s 7th District Court of Appeals overturned the trial court’s decision that certain oil and gas leases were void ab initio (i.e. at their inception) because the trial court considered them to be a “no term or perpetual... Read More

Babst Calland: Another Ohio Trial Court Issues Dormant Mineral Act Ruling
Posted on 6 May 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Belmont County Court of Common Pleas ruled that a recorded will is a title transaction for purposes of Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act. In Albanese v. Batman the trial court held that a will recorded in the county recorder’s... Read More

Babst Calland: Rice and Gulfport Enter Into Midstream Joint Venture in Utica Shale
Posted on 9 Oct 2015 by Babst Calland

By Brittany A. Roof As reported by Oil and Gas Investor , Rice Midstream Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Rice Energy Inc., and Gulfport Energy Corporation have teamed up to build a pipeline gathering and water line system in Ohio’s Utica Shale... 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

Babst Calland: Ohio Governor Vows to Hike Drilling Tax
Posted on 26 Sep 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater Ohio Governor John Kasich increased his rhetoric regarding a new severance tax on shale oil and gas production. So far, the legislature has opposed any additional increase in the severance tax that was passed in House Bill 375... Read More

Babst Calland: Utica and Marcellus Formations to Provide Gas to TransCanada’s ANR Pipeline
Posted on 8 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Leah R. LaFramboise TransCanada Corporation’s ANR Pipeline system has secured nearly 2.0 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas transportation commitments for the movement of oil and gas produced from the Utica and Marcellus formations... Read More

NIOSH Study Finds That Workers’ Silica Exposure At Fracking Sites Exceeds Occupational Health Criteria
Posted on 14 Aug 2013 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

By Seth J. Schriftman, Staff Attorney, Jenner & Block A groundbreaking recent study authored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), “Occupational Exposures to Respirable Crystalline Silica During Hydraulic Fracturing... Read More

Babst Calland: ODNR Releases Draft Rules on Horizontal Well Site Construction
Posted on 3 Mar 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, on February 21, 2014, published several draft rules concerning horizontal well site construction and an update to the industry standards referenced in its rules on oil and gas well drilling... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Dismisses Request To Establish Well Spacing And Drilling Units
Posted on 26 Nov 2013 by Babst Calland

By Sean M. McGovern | On August 26, 2013 , Hilcorp Energy Company (Hilcorp) filed a complaint and application requesting that the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (PAEHB) issue an order to establish well spacing and drilling units pursuant... Read More

Ohio Announces Additional Permitting Requirements For Horizontal Drilling
Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has changed permitting requirements after finding a probable connection between horizontal drilling activity near a previously unknown microfault and recent seismic activity in the Mahoning... Read More