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New Federal Fracking Rules Require Chemical Disclosure, Groundwater Protection
Posted on 20 Mar 2015 by James Cordrey

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on March 20 announced new regulations for hydraulic fracturing operations on federal lands that will require companies to disclose the chemicals they use and mandate procedures... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Environmentalists Support Fracking But With Important Reservations
Posted on 11 Feb 2014 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin It is necessary that natural gas be substituted for coal and oil as an energy source if the world is to have any chance of avoiding runaway greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions, particularly from the developing world. ... Read More

Babst Calland: Unconventional Well Report Act Signed Into Law in Pennsylvania
Posted on 11 Nov 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael K. Reer On October 22, 2014, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 2278, The Unconventional Well Report Act, into law. The Act requires operators of unconventional wells to submit monthly production reports to the Department... Read More

DLA Piper Energy Alert: Long-Awaited Regulations for Fracking on Federal Land: What They Mean for Business
Posted on 25 Mar 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.S. and internationally. ... Read More

Babst Calland: Pa. DEP Releases 2012 Emissions Data
Posted on 8 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Meredith Odato Graham This week the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) announced the availability of emissions data from oil and gas operations in the Commonwealth. According to the PADEP press release , the data represents... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Appeals Court Issues Dormant Mineral Act Ruling
Posted on 10 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Seventh District Court of Appeals issued a ruling concerning application of the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act. In Walker v. Noon , the appeals court upheld the ruling of a Noble County trial court finding that the 1989 version... Read More

Babst Calland: Production of Marcellus Shale Gas within Pennsylvania Continues to Increase
Posted on 3 Mar 2014 by Babst Calland

B y Matthew L. Lambach The Times Leader reports that natural gas produced within Pennsylvania from the Marcellus Shale exceeded 3 trillion cubic feet in 2013. This total exceeds the production total from 2012. According to the report, the U.S. Department... Read More

McNees Insights: Post-Production Issues and Oil & Gas Leases
Posted on 10 Apr 2014 by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

By J. Corey Reeder So your oil and gas lease has now converted from the primary term to the secondary term – now what? There are several issues that a landowner or mineral interest owner should be aware of at this stage of the lease. Specifically... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight : Cuomo In No Rush To Join Other Dems In Endorsing Fracking
Posted on 8 Oct 2013 by State Net

By Rich Ehisen Arkansas has embraced it. So has Illinois. West Virginia and Colorado have too. Maryland is strongly considering it. And now California has become the latest state led by a Democratic governor to sign off on the controversial oil and... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Appeals Court Reaffirms Decision in Hupp v. Beck Energy Corp.
Posted on 12 May 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Seventh District Court of Appeals has reaffirmed its prior decision in Hupp v. Beck Energy Corp . [ enhanced opinion available to lexis subscribers ]. In Belmont Hills Country Club v. Beck Energy Corp. [ enhanced opinion... Read More

Babst Calland: EIA Reports on Natural Gas Storage Capacity
Posted on 4 Mar 2015 by Babst Calland

By Holly A. Pisanelli The U. S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released a report indicating that the overall natural gas storage capacity in the lower 48 states was relatively unchanged between November 2013 and November 2014. The... Read More

Babst Calland: Kiskiminetas Township, Pa., Approves Oil and Gas Ordinance
Posted on 22 Aug 2014 by Babst Calland

By Matthew L. Lambach The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Kiskiminetas Township supervisors unanimously enacted an ordinance that will allow for oil and natural gas exploration. The ordinance allows for “reasonable development of land... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Adopts Horizontal Well Site Construction Rules
Posted on 21 Jul 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

By David E. Northrop The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management has adopted rules requiring the approval of plans for horizontal well sites prior to the construction or material modification of the... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Supreme Court Accepts Dormant Mineral Act Case
Posted on 8 Aug 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Supreme Court will review a key question of state law concerning application of the Dormant Mineral Act (“DMA”). In Corban v. Chesapeake Exploration, LLC , the United States District Court for the Southern... Read More

Ballard Spahr LLP: Penn Study Unlikely To Result In Flood Of Fracking Lawsuits
Posted on 16 Jul 2015 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Harry Weiss and Philip N. Yannella | A recently released study from scientists at the University of Pennsylvania suggests a link between hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for gas and oil and cardiac and neurological illnesses. Whether... Read More