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Texas Governor Signs Law Preempting Local Fracking Regulations
Posted on 19 May 2015 by James Cordrey

AUSTIN, Texas — (Mealey’s) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on May 18 signed a bill that preempts regulation of hydraulic fracturing at the city level, overriding the fracking ban that was passed last year in a referendum that was approved in the City... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Alaska Senate Endorses Parnell Natural Gas Proposal
Posted on 23 Mar 2014 by State Net

The Alaska Senate approved Gov. Sean Parnell's (R) proposal to extract, develop and transport natural gas from the state's North Slope region, potentially the biggest infrastructure project in state history. The vote on SB 138 came mostly along... 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

Babst Calland: New York Landowners Announce Intent to Sue Governor and State Over Drilling Delay
Posted on 26 Nov 2013 by Babst Calland

By Michael C. Murphy On November 12, 2013, the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York announced that it has finalized a complaint which the group intends to file in New York state court over the delay in deciding the future of shale drilling in the... Read More

Babst Calland: Drilling Severance Tax Bill Proposed In The Pennsylvania House
Posted on 29 Sep 2014 by Babst Calland

By Elena L. Rorabaugh A bill that would amend taxation on oil and gas drilling was referred to the Pennsylvania House Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy on Monday. House Bill 2508, which was introduced by Margo Davidson (Democrat, Delaware... 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

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: RACT Rulemaking Expected to Impact Major Sources of NOx and VOC Emissions in Pennsylvania
Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Meredith Odato Graham Proposed regulatory amendments published on April 19, 2014 are likely to affect hundreds of facilities in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) has estimated that 141 sources will need... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: Pennsylvania Landowners Ordered To Allow Producer To Begin Preliminary Pre-Fracking Tests
Posted on 15 Jan 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Barclay Nicholson On December 26, 2013, the judge in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, ordered 69 individuals and one golf course in Allegheny County to allow an oil and gas production company “reasonable ingress... Read More

DLA Piper: EPA Report Finds No Evidence Fracking Causes Widespread Impacts On Drinking Water
Posted on 10 Jun 2015 by DLA Piper

By: Robert J. Alessi and Jeffrey D. Kuhn | This client alert is part of an ongoing series by DLA Piper attorneys on the legal, regulatory and policy issues related to hydraulic fracturing and shale gas production in the US and internationally. The... Read More

Rice Energy to Acquire Wells and Acreage in Greene County, Pa.
Posted on 10 Jul 2014 by Babst Calland

By Scott K. McKernan The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that Rice Energy Inc. is acquiring 12 wells and 22,000 net acres in Greene County, Pennsylvania from Chesapeake Energy Inc. Seven of the wells are currently producing and the five other wells... Read More

Babst Calland: Mountaineer Keystone LLC Finalizes Acquisition of PDC Mountaineer LLC
Posted on 11 Nov 2014 by Babst Calland

By W. Brian Nickerson As reported by the Pittsburgh Business Times on October 15, 2014, Wexford-based Marcellus driller Mountaineer Keystone LLC has finalized its acquisition of joint-venture partner PDC Mountaineer LLC for a reported sale price of... Read More

Babst Calland: Proposed Pa. Legislation Seeks to Require Use of Steel Products Produced in U.S.
Posted on 8 Aug 2014 by Babst Calland

By Elena L. Rorabaugh Two pieces of proposed legislation were introduced to the Pennsylvania Senate on Thursday, July 31. Each has been referred to the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. Senate Bill 1458 , if passed, would amend Title... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: FERC Reaffirms Reservation Charge Crediting Policy; Orders Changes to Gas Pipeline Tariff’s Crediting, Force Majeure and Interruption of Service Provisions
Posted on 5 Nov 2015 by Troutman Sanders

On October 15, 2015, FERC issued an order to Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC rejecting claims that FERC had failed to make specific factual findings to support its conclusion that the existing absence of reservation charge crediting provisions in Algonquin’s... Read More