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William A. Ruskin: Among Environmentalists, Hydrofracking is Not a 'Yes or No' Issue

By William A. Ruskin On April 10, 2013, I participated in " Justice Speaks ," an event sponsored by the Justice Action Center at New York Law School on hydraulic fracturing. Joining me on the podium was Daniel Raichel , a Project Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council ("...

Zoning Ban On Fracking: OK in New York, But Maybe Not OK In Pennsylvania

By William A. Ruskin Local bans on hydraulic fracturing continue to be fiercely debated as the use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas development of shale reserves increasingly gains in popularity. Grassroots opponents of hydraulic fracturing increasingly stress the non-environmental social impacts...

Zoning Ban On Fracking: OK in New York, But Maybe Not OK In Pennsylvania

By William A. Ruskin Local bans on hydraulic fracturing continue to be fiercely debated as the use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas development of shale reserves increasingly gains in popularity. Grassroots opponents of hydraulic fracturing increasingly stress the non-environmental social impacts...

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Dismisses Request To Establish Well Spacing And Drilling Units

By Sean M. McGovern | On August 26, 2013 , Hilcorp Energy Company (Hilcorp) filed a complaint and application requesting that the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (PAEHB) issue an order to establish well spacing and drilling units pursuant to the Oil and Gas Conservation Law of 1961 for a...

William A. Ruskin: Environmentalists Support Fracking But With Important Reservations

By William A. Ruskin It is necessary that natural gas be substituted for coal and oil as an energy source if the world is to have any chance of avoiding runaway greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions, particularly from the developing world. At present, it is unrealistic to expect renewable...

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Denies Application For Reargument Or Reconsideration Of Act 13 Decision

By Lawrence H. Baumiller The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday, February 21, 2014, denied an Application for Reargument or Reconsideration filed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding the Act 13 decision [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The December 19, 2013 Opinion...

Babst Calland: Pa. House Panel Approves Bill To Reform Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act

By Elena L. Rorabaugh As reported by legal news website Law360 , a Pennsylvania bill was approved by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee that would amend the Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act of 1979 (GMRA) and will move to the House floor. House Bill 1684 would amend the GMRA to clarify...

Authorship Invitation: Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly

by D. Larry Crumbley, Emeritus Professor, Louisiana State University Articles by specialists and educators are needed on a quarterly basis for the Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly (Matthew Bender). The manuscripts should explore the most significant current developments in oil and gas taxation, accounting...

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania High Court Prohibits Tolling of Oil and Gas Leases During Litigation

By Steven B. Silverman [On Feb. 17], the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued Harrison v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. , a significant opinion in which the Court refused to apply equitable tolling principles that other oil and gas jurisdictions have adopted [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers...

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP: ‘Such a Fact Pattern Does Not a $5 Million Penalty Make’

By Doron Ezickson , Thomas Millar and Katherine Vorhis Or so says one dissenting FERC Commissioner in the recent Maxim Power enforcement proceeding. 1 On May 1, 2015, FERC issued an order assessing civil penalties (the “Order”) of $5 million against Maxim Power Corporation and its named...

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP: CFTC Issues Proposed Order to Exempt Certain SPP Transactions from Regulation Under Most Provisions of the CEA and CFTC Rules

By Paul Pantano , Sohair Aguirre and Lamiya Rahman On May 19, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“ CFTC ” or “ Commission ”) issued an order in response to an application from Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (“ SPP ”) proposing to exempt three categories...