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Duane Morris LLP: FERC Green-lights Puerto Rico Offshore LNG Import Terminal; Project's Ocean-Going Regasification Unit Is First of Its Kind Before the FERC
Posted on 29 Jul 2015 by Duane Morris LLP

This project afforded the FERC with its first opportunity to make a jurisdictional determination concerning an ocean-going Floating Storage and Regasification Unit. | On July 24, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued its authorization... Read More

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: 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

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: 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. 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

Zoning Ban On Fracking: OK in New York, But Maybe Not OK In Pennsylvania
Posted on 15 Aug 2013 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin Local bans on hydraulic fracturing continue to be fiercely debated as the use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas development of shale reserves increasingly gains in popularity. Grassroots opponents of hydraulic fracturing... Read More

Babst Calland: Natural Gas ’Forced Pooling’ Bill Currently Pending in West Virginia Legislature
Posted on 3 Mar 2014 by Babst Calland

By Briana J. Marino As reported in The Wheeling Intelligencer , the West Virginia Legislature continues to consider H.B. 4558 and S.B. 578 , which would allow oil and gas producers to create production units through “Forced Pooling.” If... 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

Babst Calland: EPA Issues New Rule on Definition of Waters of the United States
Posted on 29 May 2015 by Babst Calland

By Abigail Faulkner Jones On May 27, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released the long-awaited final rule redefining the extent of the agencies’ jurisdiction... Read More