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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

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

DLA Piper Asia-Pacific Energy Sector Update: Financing Renewable Energy Projects
Posted on 22 Jul 2015 by DLA Piper

Despite scepticism around climate change in certain countries in the region, we continue to see growing investment in renewable energy and carbon reduction technologies across the Asia Pacific. Our current mandates include renewable energy projects across... 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

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

Babst Calland: Colleges in Western Pennsylvania Offer Programs Geared Toward Energy Industry
Posted on 26 Sep 2014 by Babst Calland

By Matthew L. Lambach The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that colleges located in Western Pennsylvania are creating programs to prepare students for jobs in the energy industry. For example, Kennedy Township’s Rosedale Technical Institute... Read More

Babst Calland: Public Utility Commission Appeals Pennsylvania Act 13 Ruling
Posted on 19 Aug 2014 by Babst Calland

By Lawrence H. Baumiller ‘ The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission appealed the Commonwealth Court’s July 17, 2014 Opinion and Order in the Act 13 case, which resolved a number of issues remanded by the Supreme Court [ enhanced opinion... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Natural Gas Operator Prevails in Air Aggregation Case
Posted on 4 Mar 2015 by Babst Calland

By Meredith Odato Graham {On Feb. 23}, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania granted a motion for summary judgment in favor of a natural gas operator in a closely-watched case involving air aggregation issues [ enhanced opinion... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ongoing Political And Legal Developments Impact Marcellus Operations In Pennsylvania
Posted on 24 Mar 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

While some jurisdictions (Maryland, New Jersey; municipalities in California and Colorado) are still considering whether to permit or ban hydraulic fracturing, operators in Pennsylvania need not be too concerned about a statewide moratorium anytime soon... Read More

Babst Calland: Pa. Farm Bureau Supports Passage of Royalty Legislation
Posted on 8 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Elena L. Rorabaugh NPR’s StateImpact Pennsylvania reports that the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is getting involved in the debate over minimum royalties. As we have previously posted , House Bill 1684 is currently in the state House. If passed... 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