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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

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: What Constitutes ‘Commencing a Well’ in Pennsylvania
Posted on 15 Jul 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Lori A. Dawkins and Brian J. Pulito On May 24, 2013, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued a Memorandum Opinion in which it addressed what activities constitute “commencing a well” ( Good Will... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Lease Act Signed Into Law, Addresses Joint Development
Posted on 18 Jul 2013 by Babst Calland

On July 9, 2013, Governor Corbett signed into law Senate Bill 259, also known as the Oil and Gas Lease Act (Act), amending the Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act. In addition to providing new rights and requirements as to payments resulting from the production... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: DOJ Ramps Up Interest in Oil and Gas Industry
Posted on 23 Aug 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Gordon H. Copland, Russell D. Jessee and Nathaniel I. Holland Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division reached an agreement with two natural gas producers who each paid fines of over one-half million dollars to settle claims... Read More

Babst Calland: New York’s Highest Court Sets Briefing Schedule in Local Gas Drilling Ban Cases
Posted on 18 Oct 2013 by Babst Calland

The New York Court of Appeals on September 30, 2013 set a schedule for the parties to file briefs in two cases that will likely have a substantial impact on the future of hydraulic fracturing in the state. In August of this year, the Court of Appeals... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: New Study Says Methane Leakage from Shale Gas Lower Than Alleged
Posted on 23 Sep 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando F. Benincasa Initial findings from a new comprehensive study released Monday undertaken by the Environmental Defense Fund and the University of Texas found that methane leakage rates from natural gas systems were far below estimates of previous... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Implied Covenant to Develop in Ohio Negated by Express Language in Lease: Bilbaran Farm Inc. v. Bakerwell Inc., et al.
Posted on 15 Jul 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Timothy M. McKeen and Jason Lucas On June 12, 2013, Ohio's Fifth District Court of Appeals held that a general waiver of implied covenants in an oil and gas lease negates the lessee’s duty to develop other formations and acreage ( Bilbaran... Read More

Babst Calland: Lawsuit Filed Against Ohio Water District for Leasing and Water Sales
Posted on 18 Oct 2013 by Babst Calland

Two Ohio groups recently issued a press release regarding a lawsuit which has been filed against the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District over its oil and gas leasing practices and its sale of water for hydraulic fracturing. The MWCD, tasked with... Read More