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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DRBC Moratorium: Former PADEP Head Weighs In

In response to Pennsylvania and DRBC Commissioner Tom Corbett’s June 27, 2013 letter to the DRBC (, the former head of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), John Hanger,…

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Gasland Part II — More Misinformation and Inaccuracies

Gasland Part II premiers tonight on HBO.  According to the film’s website, Gasland Part II seeks “to argue[] that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and…

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FERC Guidance Doesn’t Clarify Role of State Approvals

FERC’s recently released environmental guidance leaves the door open for states to claim that applicants for natural gas projects under FERC’s jurisdiction must obtain state-based permits.  FERC regulates these projects…

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In light of last week’s Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, which declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, the U.S. immigration agency has been…

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PA Royalty Transparency Bill Moves Closer to Law

Pennsylvania currently does not require any standardized method for an operator to itemize deductions from royalties paid to a landowner.  This is about to change as Governor Corbett is expected…

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