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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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USCIS OFFICIALLY ORDERED TO ADJUDICATE SAME-SEX SPOUSE I-130 PETITIONS

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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Pennsylvania Governor Frustrated and Disappointed with DRBC, Urges Action

In a letter dated June 27, 2013 to the Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission (“DRBC”), Pennsylvania Governor and DRBC Commissioner Tom Corbett expressed his “profound sense of…

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SENATE PASSES IMMIGRATION REFORM AND SENDS BILL OFF TO THE HOUSE

On June 27, 2013, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act”.  In its current form, S. 744, if enacted, would provide a…

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EQUAL RIGHTS FOR SAME-SEX BI-NATIONAL COUPLES

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal benefits to same-sex married…

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Pennsylvania Court Rejects Attempt to Terminate Lease Under Guise of Implied Duty to Develop Shale

In Caldwell v. Kriebel Resources Co., LLC et al (No. 1305 WDA 2012), the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the defendants did not have a duty…

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NY Legislative Session Closes

The 2013 New York Legislative Session concluded on June 21, 2013. The number of bills targeting the oil and gas industry was significant and included, among a number of other…

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New York Appellate Court Rejects Broad Use of General Obligations Law §15-304

Operators have seen a major uptick in landowner notices under General Obligations Law (“GOL”) §15-304. In many cases, the landowner’s use was questionable and went well beyond the proper use…

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