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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

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

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: 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

NIOSH Study Finds That Workers’ Silica Exposure At Fracking Sites Exceeds Occupational Health Criteria
Posted on 14 Aug 2013 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

By Seth J. Schriftman, Staff Attorney, Jenner & Block A groundbreaking recent study authored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), “Occupational Exposures to Respirable Crystalline Silica During Hydraulic Fracturing... 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

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: Ohio Appeals Court Issues Dormant Mineral Act Ruling
Posted on 10 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Seventh District Court of Appeals issued a ruling concerning application of the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act. In Walker v. Noon , the appeals court upheld the ruling of a Noble County trial court finding that the 1989 version... Read More

McNees Insights: Post-Production Issues and Oil & Gas Leases
Posted on 10 Apr 2014 by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

By J. Corey Reeder So your oil and gas lease has now converted from the primary term to the secondary term – now what? There are several issues that a landowner or mineral interest owner should be aware of at this stage of the lease. Specifically... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Appeals Court Reaffirms Decision in Hupp v. Beck Energy Corp.
Posted on 12 May 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Seventh District Court of Appeals has reaffirmed its prior decision in Hupp v. Beck Energy Corp . [ enhanced opinion available to lexis subscribers ]. In Belmont Hills Country Club v. Beck Energy Corp. [ enhanced opinion... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Adopts Horizontal Well Site Construction Rules
Posted on 21 Jul 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

By David E. Northrop The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management has adopted rules requiring the approval of plans for horizontal well sites prior to the construction or material modification of the... Read More

Babst Calland: Sunoco Moves Forward With Marcellus/Utica Pipeline
Posted on 11 Nov 2014 by Babst Calland

By Elena L. Rorabaugh Fox Business reported that Sunoco Logistics Partners will invest $2.5 billion in the Mariner East 2 pipeline, which will carry natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays to an East Coast port. Mariner East 2... Read More

Babst Calland: Utica Shale Gas Production Surges in Quarterly Update
Posted on 10 Feb 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Department of Natural Resources released its first quarterly production update thanks to a new law that requires production to be reported on a quarterly versus annual basis. The report showed that Ohio’s 245 horizontal... Read More