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Babst Calland: ODNR Releases Draft Rules on Horizontal Well Site Construction
Posted on 3 Mar 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, on February 21, 2014, published several draft rules concerning horizontal well site construction and an update to the industry standards referenced in its rules on oil and gas well drilling... Read More

Troutman Sanders: FERC Approves Novel NOA Amendment To Address Network Upgrades Required Solely To Accommodate QFs Siting In Constrained Areas
Posted on 28 May 2015 by Troutman Sanders

In an order issued May 21, 2015, FERC approved an amendment to PacifiCorp’s Network Operating Agreement (“NOA”) between PacifiCorp and its merchant function, PacifiCorp Energy, allowing for a new planning redispatch protocol. The amendment... 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

Troutman Sanders: IRS Releases Updated Guidance Further Clarifying ‘Beginning of Construction’ For Renewable Energy Facilities
Posted on 28 May 2015 by Troutman Sanders

On March 11, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2015-25, which updates its prior guidance to reflect the extension of the beginning of construction deadline for the PTC and ITC made by the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (TIPA... 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

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

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

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

Troutman Sanders: Southern Co. Teams Withy Tesla On Powerwall
Posted on 28 May 2015 by Troutman Sanders

The Atlanta Business Chronicle (5/28, Couret, Subscription Publication, 130K) reports that “at its annual stockholders meeting on Wednesday,” Southern Company reported that it has entered into an agreement with Tesla to “test commercial... Read More