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Nuclear Energy Report 2009

Congress continued to address the management and storage of nuclear waste during the past year. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced a bill that would require the president to certify that Yucca Mountain remains the designated site for the development of a nuclear repository, while Senate Majority...

The Accommodation Doctrine in Pennsylvania

The “Accommodation Doctrine” is a judicial, non-statutory construct that signifies a shift from the traditional dominance of the mineral estate. Generally, the doctrine requires the mineral rights developer to act with prudence and to have due regard for the interests of the surface owner...

Hydraulic Fracturing Considerations for Natural Gas

The issue of hydraulic fracturing has raised many concerns from the public as well as government officials. This paper will review the history and evolution of hydraulic fracturing, including environmental and regulatory considerations. Additionally, technical and environmental considerations will be...

Termination of Pooling Units through Lease Termination

Does the pooling of a unit terminate when a lease within the unit terminates? In the case of a compulsory unit, the answer is clearly no. This is because the pooling or establishment of the drilling/spacing unit operates on the right to produce throughout the tract, not simply upon a particular lease...

Feds Settle “Sweetheart Suit” and Kill Search for Energy

One hundred and fifty years ago this month, the first successful commercial oil well was drilled in Titusville, Pennsylvania, thus beginning an oil and gas industry that has thrived both across the country and within forty miles of Titusville in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF). Just weeks ago, the...

Petroleum Land Titles: Title Examination & Title Opinions

By: Joseph Shade This Article represents a broad overview of the process of examining title and rendering legal opinions on title in the context of oil and gas property development. However, it is not intended to be a comprehensive treatise which answers all questions that might be encountered in...

Lifecycle Water Management Considerations & Challenges for Marcellus Shale Gas Development

At the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York 2009 Summer Meeting, J. Daniel Arthur, P.E., of ALL Consulting gave a presentation on lifecycle water management considerations and challenges for Marcellus Shale gas development. Read his PDF presented in conjunction with the program by clicking...

Exxon/XTO's Fracking MAE

There is a piece in December 17‘s WSJ on the Exxon/XTO deal . The piece centers on the controversial practice of hydraulic "fracking" in the drilling process and whether the deal might be stopped in the event Congress moves legislation to ban or limit the practice or otherwise make the...

Kuntz, Law of Oil and Gas: Failure to release of record oil and gas lease interests which are terminated or forfeited

Kuntz, Law of Oil and Gas Copyright 2009, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis Group. CHAPTER 12 OTHER INTERFERENCE WITH OIL AND GAS RIGHTS -12 Kuntz, Law of Oil and Gas § 12.4 § 12.4 Failure to release of record interests which are terminated or forfeited...

Pennsylvania Dormant Oil and Gas Act

A. Pennsylvania Dormant Oil and Gas Act Purposes and Standing On July 11, 2006, the Pennsylvania legislature enacted the Dormant Oil and Gas Act, 58 P.S. § 701.1 et seq. The purpose of the Act is to permit the development of oil and gas reserves when all owners of oil or gas interests cannot...

An Overview of Modern Shale Gas Development in the United States

Natural gas production from tight shale formations, known as “shale gas”, is one of the most rapidly expanding trends in onshore domestic oil and gas exploration and production today. In some cases, this has included bringing drilling and production to regions of the country that have seen...

Videocast - Shari Shapiro of Green Building Law Blog looks at Renewable Energy & Green Building Law

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional, focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability...

Exploration and Production Waste Site Evaluation and Remediation Procedures (SERP)

By Linda E. Cummings D.V.M., Ph.D., and Kai David Midboe J.D., L.L.M. “On January 20, 2010, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Office of Conservation (Office of Conservation), published a Notice of Intent to promulgate Site Evaluation and Remediation Procedures (SERP) for evaluating...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: DOE Study: Fracking Didn't Contaminate Water

By Brian J. Pulito A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a Western Pennsylvania drilling site. Richard Hammack, a geologist with the Department of Energy’s...