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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia Ranked Globally in Petroleum Survey

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 the Canada-based think tank. Out of 147 jurisdictions...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Court Throws Out Zoning Provisions Governing Marcellus Shale Activities

By Russell L. Schetroma and Nathaniel I. Holland In a 4-3 decision [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court struck down portions of the state's new law - dubbed Act 13 - governing Marcellus shale activities as unconstitutional. In their decision...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: W. Va. DEP Issues Modified Oil and Gas Horizontal Well Rule

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection filed a modified version of 35 CSR , Series 8, the agency's new oil and gas horizontal well legislative rule, with the Secretary of State on September 14, 2012. The modified rule includes a response to comments previously filed by various industry...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: EPA Accepting Data Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing Study

By Armando F. Benincasa In an update on its study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would be accepting data and analyses from the public to supplement data which it is already collecting and...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia Supreme Court Rules Surface Owners Have No Right to Appeal Well Work Permits

By Armando Benincasa and Bridget Furbee [On Nov. 21] the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued an important decision regarding whether surface owners have a right to appeal well work permits issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection in the state's circuit courts...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: FERC Considering Quarterly Reporting and Disclosure of Every Physical Natural Gas Transaction

By Kurt Krieger On November 15, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued a Notice of Inquiry ("NOI") - a pre-cursor to a possible notice of proposed rulemaking - seeking comments on whether it should require quarterly reporting and delayed public disclosure...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Regulatory Lead Time an Important Consideration in Development of Ohio Drilling Units

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 2013. This statutory provision, part of the oil...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Rules in Gas Utility Case

By Lori A. Dawkins and Allison J. Farrell The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals just issued an important decision for all natural gas utilities with operations in West Virginia with its Memorandum Decision No.11-1511 (Harrison County 10C391). In this decision, issued February 11, 2013, the state's...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Reaffirms Dunham Rule

By Russell L. Schetroma and Nathaniel I. Holland In a unanimous opinion ( Butler v. Charles Power Estate , No. 27 MAP 2012) by Justice Baer issued April 24, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reaffirmed the Dunham Rule, holding that a reservation of minerals in a deed does not reserve the gas in...