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Fracking, Methane And Drinking Water

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer The Ernst v. Encana fracking lawsuit gained strength last month with the publication of Rob Jackson's peer-reviewed paper: Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing . Jackson is a professor at Duke...

Pennsylvania Agency Could Make Millions From Gas Drilling

PITTSBURGH - (AP) The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission could make millions of dollars selling water from a public lake to gas drilling companies or it could wind up with far less if water levels are persistently low. The commission in April signed a contract with Williams Production Appalachia,...

Will Lawsuits Related to Shale Gas Drilling be the 'Next Big Thing?'

PHILADELPHIA - Shale drilling for natural gas is big business in several states, but will it be "the next big thing" for litigators? It may be too early to tell, but the plaintiff and defense bars are gearing up. About 110 attorneys, insurance professionals and gas industry reps from 22...

Aqua America, PVR Partners Announce Joint Venture Private Water Pipeline in Marcellus Shale

Aqua America Inc. (NYSE: WTR) ("Aqua") and Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P. (NYSE: PVR) ("PVR") on Sept. 20 announced that certain of their operating subsidiaries have formed a joint venture, Aqua - PVR Water Services, LLC, to construct and operate a private pipeline system to...

Pennsylvania DEP Reorganizes in Response to Gas Drilling

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A major reorganization within the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will refocus the agency on its core mission of protecting the environment while improving efficiency and regulatory consistency. "These organizational changes will enhance the department's...

3rd Circuit Upholds Ruling on Drilling in the Allegheny National Forest (Free Download)

In a ruling issued earlier this week, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court's decision to issue an injunction barring the United States Forest Service from applying the environmental impact study requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act to drilling in the 800-square...

Pennsylvania Would Let Counties Set Natural Gas Drilling Fees

PITTSBURGH - (AP) Gov. Tom Corbett released a plan for Pennsylvania's natural gas boom Monday that would allow the state's counties to impose a fee on drilling to help pay to regulate it and fix environmental damage in communities where it is happening. The fee, which could be as high as $160...

Learn More About Fracking - White Paper and Complimentary CLE Webinar: Best Practices for Avoiding Common Issues Arising from Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Extraction Agreements

Register for a complimentary CLE webinar: Best Practices for Avoiding Common Issues Arising from Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Extraction Agreements - Tuesday Dec. 20 th 2PM EST http://www.eventsvc.com/LexisNexis_HB/register/8aa10302-64b8-4d6d-87aa-9888ce665812 Attend this free webinar and learn...

Video: John Imse on Government Regulations for Fracking

John Imse, Principal at the ENVIRON Group, spoke at the Gas Drilling Operations Conference on Sept. 9 in Philadelphia sponsored by HB Litigation Conferences. In this clip, Imse contrasts how hydraulic fracturing is viewed and regulated in the Western states versus the Marcellus Shale in the Eastern U...

Video: John Hanger on Government Oversight of Fracking

John Hanger, special counsel to Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot and former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, spoke at the HB Litigation Conferences' Gas Drilling Conference on Sept. 9 in Philadelphia. In this clip, he discusses some important issues that new...

Video: Part 2: John Hanger on Government Regulation of Fracking

Part 2: John Hanger, special counsel to Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot and former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, spoke at the HB Litigation Conferences' Gas Drilling Conference on Sept. 9 in Philadelphia. In this clip, he discusses some important issues...