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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: 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

Babst Calland: Federal Judge Enjoins Hempfield Township, Pa., From Prohibiting Seismic Testing
Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Nicholas J. Habursky On April 10, 2014, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction forcing Hempfield Township to permit ION Geophysical of Houston (ION) to perform seismic testing on the Township’s roads. Hempfield Township argued that... 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 Governor Tom Wolf Creates Task Force on Pipeline Infrastructure Development
Posted on 29 May 2015 by Babst Calland

By Joshua F. Hall On May 27, 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the formation of a task force to help the Commonwealth, the natural gas industry and communities partner for the development of new pipeline infrastructure to allow natural... 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: 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

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

Babst Calland: Southwestern Energy to Acquire 413,000 Acres in West Virginia and Pennsylvania from Chesapeake Energy
Posted on 10 Nov 2014 by Babst Calland

By Scott K. McKernan Southwestern Energy Co. announced that it has signed a deal to acquire 413,000 net acres in West Virginia and Pennsylvania from Chesapeake Energy Corp. for $5.375 billion, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times . This acquisition... Read More

Babst Calland: Legislation Concerning Seismic Testing in Pennsylvania to be Introduced
Posted on 6 May 2014 by Babst Calland

By Joshua F. Hall On April 24, 2014, Representative Robert Matzie of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, indicated in a statement that he will introduce legislation concerning liability for damage caused by a party conducting seismic testing... 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: 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

Babst Calland: Shell and Beaver County Commissioners Discuss Proposed Ethane Cracker Plant
Posted on 28 Mar 2014 by Babst Calland

By Matthew L. Lambach The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that the Beaver County Board of Commissioners and representatives from Royal Dutch Shell met to discuss the next planning steps for the proposed cracker plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania... 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