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Energy Consumers Relief Act Passes House

On August 1, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives voted (232-181) to approve the Energy Consumers Relief Act (H.R. 1582), which was introduced by Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. this past…

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New PA Pooling Law to be Tested in Court

In a lawsuit filed July 22, 2013, EQT Production Company (EQT) sued dozens of its Pennsylvania lessors residing in Allegheny County.  In addition to allegations that its lessors have improperly…

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PA PUC Injoined From Reviewing Zoning Ordinances

On July 25, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state’s Public Utility Commission (“PUC”) cannot evaluate the propriety of local zoning ordinances while the appeal regarding the constitutionality…

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New York’s Moratorium on Shale Development Hits The Five Year Mark

On July 23, 2008, then-Governor David Paterson ordered the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to update its 1992 Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) for oil and gas drilling…

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New York PSC Revisits Odorization Requirement for Gathering Lines

During today’s regular session, the New York Public Service Commission (“PSC”) considered an operator’s request for a waiver of the regulations requiring odorization for gathering lines.  As we previously reported…

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PA Court Affirms Operator’s Surface Rights To Develop Subsurface Gas

On July 12, 2013, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania affirmed a lower court’s ruling which found that Chevron’s oil and gas lease with the landowner allowed it to construct an…

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Greater Stuggles on the Horizon for Existing Generators: New RGGI Emission Reductions Proposed

Under the auspices of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed revised regulations to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.  Launched in…

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Colorado Court Strikes Lone Pine Order in Fracking Lawsuit

Personal injury and property damage claims are abounding all across the country where shale wells are actively being drilled and hydraulically fractured.  In many instances, plaintiffs’ attorneys are bringing cases…

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House Committee Approves Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act

On July 10, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee approved the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (H.R. 1900) by a vote of 17-9 and…

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Obama Picks McGinn as the Navy’s Top Energy and Environment Official

On, July 8, 2013, President Obama announced he will nominate retired Navy Admiral Dennis McGinn as the Navy’s top energy and environment official. Admiral McGinn, who served as a naval…

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