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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio EPA Could Change Air Permits for Oil and Gas Well Sites
Posted on 25 Feb 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Katerina E. Milenkovski Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently proposed several changes to its general permits for oil and gas well site production operations. These changes would: Incorporate requirements from the recently... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Regulatory Lead Time an Important Consideration in Development of Ohio Drilling Units
Posted on 23 Jan 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Kathy Milenkovski and Neal Pierce During the past year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has conducted hearings on three applications for unitized operation under Ohio Revised Code 1509.28. Additional hearings are on the schedule for January... Read More

William A. Ruskin on State Fracking Disclosure Requirements
Posted on 1 Aug 2012 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin Opponents of fracking argue that it is necessary for the public, and health and safety professionals, to have full access to information on the constituents of hydraulic fracturing fluids and waste. In a report released on July... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Ohio's $500 Billion Oil Resource Frustrating Drillers
Posted on 14 May 2013 by State Net

The Utica Shale formation in eastern Ohio grabbed the national spotlight two years ago when the state's Department of Natural Resources estimated it held 5.5 billion barrels of recoverable oil, more than twice Yemen's oil resource and worth nearly... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: PUC of Ohio Finalizes Rules Implementing SB 315’s New Requirements For Gas Gathering
Posted on 5 Nov 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Kathy Milenkovski. On October 30, 2013, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (“PUCO”) finalized rules proposed late last year to implement new requirements brought about by the enactment of Senate Bill 315 and to clarify the applicability... Read More

Babst Calland: Updates to Ohio’s Proposed Increase of Severance Tax on Natural Resources
Posted on 14 Feb 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio House Ways and Means Committee updated House Bill 375, which proposes changes to the severance tax on natural resources. Among the updates are an increase in the proposed severance tax to 2.25% from 2% for horizontal... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio General Assembly Enacts Energy Bill That Addresses Hydraulic Fracturing
Posted on 4 Jun 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By R. Neal Pierce On May 24, 2012, the Ohio General Assembly enacted a comprehensive energy bill (Senate Bill 315) which addresses several provisions affecting the natural gas industry. The legislation has been forwarded to Governor John Kasich who... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Oil and Gas Commission Issues First Decision on Forced Pooling
Posted on 25 Sep 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Oil and Gas Commission issued its first decision under R.C. 1509.28 to provide for the compulsory pooling of property for oil and gas unit operations. In Gary L. Teeter Revocable Trust v. Division of Oil & Gas Resources... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio House Of Representatives Proposes Increase In Severance Tax
Posted on 6 Dec 2013 by Babst Calland

By Benjamin J. Bolinger A bill to increase the severance tax on oil and gas drilling has been proposed in the Ohio House of Representatives. House Bill 375 would increase the severance tax for horizontal shale wells to 1% for the first five years of... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Legislative Changes to Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act and Lease Forfeiture Statute
Posted on 21 Nov 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Timothy M. McKeen and Jason Lucas | Ohio House Bill 72 (“ HB 72 ”), effective January 29, 2014, outlines important changes to filing for lease forfeiture or mineral abandonment under Ohio's Dormant Mineral Act by making an individual... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia Ranked Globally in Petroleum Survey
Posted on 9 Jul 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Kurt Krieger West Virginia ranked tenth, down from sixth in 2011; Ohio ranked 14th, down from second; and Pennsylvania ranked 34th, an improvement from 65th place in 2011 in the sixth annual Fraser Institute Global Petroleum Survey, published by... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Ohio Governor Continues to Push for Shale Fracking Tax
Posted on 31 Jul 2012 by State Net

KASICH CONTINUES PUSH FOR DRILLING TAX: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) renewed his call to impose steeper oil and gas drilling taxes on out-of-state oil companies in order to pay for an income tax cut for Buckeye State residents, telling reporters, "The... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Considers New Rules for Oil, Gas Wastewater Storage
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by Babst Calland

State officials are considering new rules to regulate storage of wastewater used to stimulate wells for the production of oil and gas. The new rules would potentially create new options for shale well producers to store millions of gallons of water in... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio Attorney General Rules Counties May Sell Water to Oil and Gas Operators
Posted on 15 Jun 2013 by LexisNexis Communities Staff

The Ohio Attorney General's office was recently asked to give its opinion on a county's authority to sell water that is available to oil and gas drillers in need of large quantities of water for hydraulic fracturing purposes. Specifically, Harrison... Read More