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Energy Department Advisory Board Recommends Improvements to FracFocus
Posted on 28 Mar 2014 by Babst Calland

By Edward P. Yim The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) recently published its recommendations for improving the effectiveness of FracFocus. The report entitled, “ Task Force Report on FracFocus 2.0 ,” recommends improving the accuracy... Read More

Babst Calland: Legislation Proposed to Strengthen Penalties for Oil and Gas Violations in Ohio
Posted on 10 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Benjamin J. Bolinger Ohio House Bill 490 , which would strengthen penalties for violating Ohio’s oil and gas regulations, is now pending before the Ohio House agriculture committee. The bill was introduced in response to illegal dumping of... Read More

Troutman Sanders: FERC Offers EPA Advice On Commission’s Potential Role In Clean Power Plan
Posted on 28 May 2015 by Troutman Sanders

On May 15, 2015, the FERC commissioners sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) addressing two areas where FERC could contribute to maintaining reliability under EPA’s Clean Power Plan (“CPP”). FERC’s... Read More

Babst Calland: EPA Inspector General Continues Review of Fracking Rules Over Objections from Senate
Posted on 11 Nov 2014 by Babst Calland

By Holly A. Pisanelli The Inspector General (IG) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Arthur Elkins, has vowed to continue to evaluate the effectiveness of state and federal regulations of hydraulic fracturing. The IG recently responded... 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 Oil and Gas Lease Act Signed Into Law, Addresses Joint Development
Posted on 18 Jul 2013 by Babst Calland

On July 9, 2013, Governor Corbett signed into law Senate Bill 259, also known as the Oil and Gas Lease Act (Act), amending the Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act. In addition to providing new rights and requirements as to payments resulting from the production... 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

Troutman Sanders LLP: New York Public Service Commission Authorizes Longer Term NYSERDA REC Agreements
Posted on 14 Aug 2014 by Troutman Sanders

In a July order , the New York Public Service Commission authorizes the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to offer longer-term, fixed-price renewable energy credit agreements, extending the maximum term from ten to twenty... Read More

Contrary Legal Winds at Cape Wind - Opponents of Offshore Wind Sue Asserting Preemption
Posted on 13 Mar 2014 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald Would you care to hazard a guess at how long it takes to bring online an offshore wind farm in the United States? At the moment, it is 12+ years and counting. A recent court filing arguing constitutional questions is certain... Read More

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

Another Anti-Wind Power Appeal Dismissed
Posted on 19 Jun 2014 by Dianne Saxe

Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has dismissed another anti-wind power appeal: May 14, 2014, Pitt v. MOE ERT Registry Number: 13-121. The Wainfleet Wind Energy Project can now proceed, despite objections from a skydiving club. The ERT... 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