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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: 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

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: 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: New York Formally Bans High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing To Develop Marcellus Shale
Posted on 1 Jul 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael C. Murphy | On June 29, 2015, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued its Findings Statement which officially prohibits high-volume hydraulic fracturing to develop natural gas resources in the Marcellus Shale.... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: EPA Proposes Zero Discharge Rule For Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater
Posted on 21 May 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

On April 7, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed regulations which would create pretreatment standards of performance for existing and new sources of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations. EPA is proposing... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio EPA Issues Revised General Air Permits For Horizontal Drilling Sites Requiring More Aggressive Methane Leak Detection and Repair
Posted on 8 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Joshua F. Hall As reported by the Akron Beacon Journal Online on April 4, 2014, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued revised general permits for the installation and operation of air contaminant sources at oil and gas horizontal well... Read More

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

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

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

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

Babst Calland: Magnum Hunter’s West Virginia 'Monster Well' the Largest Utica Well Drilled to Date
Posted on 10 Nov 2014 by Babst Calland

By Sarah Carter As reported by Columbus Business First and NGI’s Shale Daily , Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation’s first Utica well in West Virginia has reported production of 46.5 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, thereby rendering... Read More