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Babst Calland: West Virginia University Announces Launch of Field Laboratory for the Long-Term Study of Shale Gas Production Operations
Posted on 11 Nov 2014 by Babst Calland

By Christopher "Kip" Power West Virginia University recently announced that it will be establishing the “Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory,” at a site in the Morgantown Industrial Park near the WVU campus. The... Read More

Babst Calland: Application for Mountain Valley Pipeline Filed with FERC
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 by Babst Calland

By Nikolas E. Tysiak According to the Washington Observer-Reporter , a formal application for the Mountain Valley Pipeline was filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) last week. The pipeline will extend 301 miles and... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Denies Application For Reargument Or Reconsideration Of Act 13 Decision
Posted on 3 Mar 2014 by Babst Calland

By Lawrence H. Baumiller The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday, February 21, 2014, denied an Application for Reargument or Reconsideration filed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding the Act 13 decision [ enhanced opinion available to lexis... Read More

Oklahoma Governor Signs Law Prohibiting Fracking Bans
Posted on 1 Jun 2015 by James Cordrey

OKLAHOMA CITY — (Mealey’s) Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on June 1 signed a law that establishes the Oklahoma Corporation Commission as the “sole regulator” of the state’s oil and gas industry and prohibits local municipalities... Read More

Babst Calland: New York Issues Final Environmental Review on High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing
Posted on 15 May 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael C. Murphy | On May 13, 2015, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) released its Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program, signaling... 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

The Legal and Regulatory Landscape of Hydraulic Fracturing now available in e-Book or Print
Posted on 7 Apr 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Perhaps no topic in energy and environmental law has been more controversial than the extraction of shale oil and gas from rock formations through hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” It is the subject of vigorous debates over its purported... 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

State Net Capitol Journal: Slashed Oil Estimate Threatens Fracking In California
Posted on 12 Jun 2014 by State Net

In 2011, an energy firm hired by the state of California estimated that a 1,750-square-mile rock formation extending from Sacramento to Los Angeles could yield 13.7 billion barrels of oil, based on existing extraction technologies. That projection spurred... Read More

Babst Calland: Warren Resources to Acquire Marcellus Assets
Posted on 8 Jul 2014 by Babst Calland

By Scott K. McKernan Warren Resources has executed a purchase and sale agreement to acquire Marcellus shale assets from Citrus Energy Corporation and two other working interest owners, reports Shale Energy Insider. The acquired assets, located in Wyoming... Read More