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Quarterly Legislative Activity Update: Marcellus and Utica Shale Regions

Our Norton Rose Fulbright Pittsburgh-Southpointe practice tracks legislative activity that we believe may impact oil and gas development within the Marcellus and Utica shale regions (Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio). This Quarterly Update contains all of the relevant legislative activity occurring in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio during the fourth quarter of 2016. Read the … Continue reading

Legislative Activity Update – Five Pennsylvania Bills

The following bill, which has been introduced previously, has been acted upon by the General Assembly since the last Legislative Activity Update: PA House Bill 1391 – Amendments to Oil and Gas Lease Act Sponsor: Garth D. Everett (Republican – parts of Lycoming and Union counties [northern Pennsylvania]) Overview: Adds definitions for “lessee,” “lessor,” “operator,” “production unit,” … Continue reading

Quarterly Legislative Action Update: Marcellus and Utica Shale Region

Our Norton Rose Fulbright Pittsburgh-Southpointe practice tracks legislative activity that we believe may impact oil and gas development within the Marcellus and Utica shale regions (Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio). This Quarterly Update contains all of the relevant legislative activity occurring in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio during the second quarter of 2016. The next … Continue reading

Legislative Activity Update – Three Pennsylvania Bills

The following bills, which have been introduced previously, have been acted upon by the General Assembly since the last Legislative Activity Update: PA Senate Bill 279 – Pennsylvania Grade Crude Development Advisory Council Act Sponsor: Scott E. Hutchinson (Republican – Clarion, Forest, Venango, and parts of Butler and Warren Counties [northwest Pennsylvania]; member of the Environmental … Continue reading

Legislative Activity Update – Three Pennsylvania Bills

The following bill, which had been introduced previously, has been acted upon by the General Assembly since the last Legislative Activity Update: PA House Bill 1704 – Amendments to Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law Sponsor: Mark Mustio (Republican – part of Allegheny County [outside Pittsburgh]) Overview: Provides for use of current term “Engineer Intern” … Continue reading

Quarterly Legislative Action Update: Marcellus and Utica Shale Region

Our Norton Rose Fulbright Pittsburgh-Southpointe practice tracks legislative activity that we believe may impact oil and gas development within the Marcellus and Utica shale regions (Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio). This Quarterly Update contains all of the relevant legislative activity occurring in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio during the fourth quarter of 2015 and first … Continue reading

Legislative Activity Update – Two Pennsylvania Bills

The following bill, which had been introduced previously, has been acted upon by the General Assembly since the last Legislative Activity Update: PA House Bill 1327 – Amendments to Fiscal Code Sponsor: Michael Peifer (Republican – parts of Pike and Wayne Counties [northeast Pennsylvania]) Overview: Original bill (Printer’s Number 1788) was unrelated to oil and gas. … Continue reading

Legislative Activity Update – 7 Pennsylvania Bills and 1 Resolution

The following two bills, which had been introduced previously, have been acted upon by the General Assembly since the last Legislative Activity Update: PA House Bill 1325 – Amendments to Second Class Township Code Regarding Storm Water Facilities Sponsor: Mark Mustio (Republican – part of Allegheny County [Pittsburgh]) Overview: Allows board of supervisors to enact … Continue reading

Legislative Activity Update – Three Pennsylvania Bills

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 748 was signed into law as Act 55 on October 30, 2015, by Governor Tom Wolf.  In the House of Representatives, two new bills were introduced. PA Senate Bill 748 – Certified Escort Vehicles for “Super Loads” Sponsor: David G. Argall (Republican – Schuylkill County and part of Berks County [outside Reading]) … Continue reading

Legislative Activity Update – Two Pennsylvania Bills

The following two already-introduced bills have been acted upon by the General Assembly since our last Update: PA House Bill 965 – Amendments to Regulatory Review Act Sponsor: Robert W. Godshall (Republican – part of Montgomery County [outside Philadelphia]) Overview: Amends Regulatory Review Act (Act of Jun. 25, 1982, P.L. 633, No. 181) to require … Continue reading

Quarterly Legislative Action Update: Marcellus and Utica Shale Region

Our Norton Rose Fulbright Pittsburgh-Southpointe practice tracks legislative activity that we believe may impact oil and gas development within the Marcellus and Utica shale regions (Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio). This Quarterly Update contains all of the relevant legislative activity occurring in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio during the third quarter of 2015. The next issue … Continue reading

Legislative Activity Update: Four Pennsylvania Bills

The following two already-introduced bills have been acted upon by the General Assembly since our last Update: PA Senate Bill 875 – Treated Mine Water Act Sponsor: Camera Bartolotta (Greene County and parts of Beaver and Washington counties [southwestern Pennsylvania]) Overview: Provides immunity from liability to mine operators for use of treated mine water used in oil … Continue reading

Quarterly Legislative Action Update: Marcellus and Utica Shale Region

Our Norton Rose Fulbright Pittsburgh-Southpointe practice tracks legislative activity that we believe may impact oil and gas development within the Marcellus and Utica shale regions (Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio). This Quarterly Update contains all of the relevant legislative activity occurring in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio during the second quarter of 2015. The next … Continue reading

Legislative Activity Update: Six Pennsylvania Bills, Including One New Severance Tax Bill

PA Senate Bill 307 – Provides for independent counsel for the Environmental Quality Board Sponsor: John T. Yudichak (Democrat – Carbon County and part of Luzerne County [northeast Pennsylvania]) Overview: Requires the Department of Environmental Protection to appoint independent counsel for the benefit of the Environmental Quality Board (“EQB”).Independent counsel shall assist EQB on all matters, … Continue reading

Legislative Activity Update: Four Pennsylvania Bills, Including One New Severance Tax Bill

PA Senate Bill 307 – Provides for independent counsel for the Environmental Quality Board Sponsor: John T. Yudichak (Democrat – Carbon County and part of Luzerne County [northeast Pennsylvania]) Overview: Requires the Department of Environmental Protection to appoint independent counsel for the benefit of the Environmental Quality Board (“EQB”). Independent counsel shall assist EQB on … Continue reading

Legislative Update: Ohio Bill Regarding Emergency Response Plans

OH Senate Bill 166 – Horizontal wells-emergency response plans Sponsor: Lou Gentile (Democrat – 30th Senate District) Overview: Requires owners of horizontal wells to develop and implement emergency response plans in order to respond to emergencies at the surface location of their wells that threaten public health or safety. The plan must establish response actions to be … Continue reading

Legislative Activity Update – Two Pennsylvania Bills, including new severance tax bill

The following already-introduced bill was acted upon by the Pennsylvania General Assembly: PA House Bill 621     Requirements for recording oil and gas documents Sponsor: Sandra Major (Republican – parts of Susquehanna and Wayne Counties [northeast Pennsylvania]) Overview: Requires that documents presented for recordation that contain or reference multiple leases include an addendum containing (1) … Continue reading

Legislative Activity Update – Two Pennsylvania bills

The following bill and resolution were introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly: PA House Bill 1097    Water Well Insurance Fund Sponsor: Peter J. Daley (Democrat – parts of Fayette and Washington Counties [south of Pittsburgh]) Overview: Establishes the Water Well Insurance Board (“Board”) and Water Well Insurance Fund. Water well owners may apply to “become … Continue reading

Legislative Activity Update – Three Pennsylvania Bills

The following bills were introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly: PA Senate Bill 415 – Natural Gas Severance Tax Sponsor: Arthur L. Haywood III (Democrat – Philadelphia and part of Montgomery County) Overview: Extensive severance tax bill, with rate of “8% of the gross value of units severed at the wellhead during a reporting period.”Repeals sunset provision … Continue reading

Quarterly Legislative Action Update: Marcellus and Utica Shale Region

Our Norton Rose Fulbright Pittsburgh-Southpointe practice tracks legislative activity that we believe may impact oil and gas development within the Marcellus and Utica shale regions (Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio).  This Quarterly Update contains all of the relevant legislative activity occurring in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio during the first quarter of 2015. The next … Continue reading

Federal court in Pennsylvania grants summary judgment in favor of exploration and production company on claims of strict liability, nuisance, and negligence

On March 25, 2015, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania entered summary judgment in favor of an exploration and production company on claims of strict liability, nuisance, and negligence, by a Tioga County landowner related to drilling activity near his property.  Chief Magistrate Judge Carlson found that the uncontroverted evidence … Continue reading

Ohio court strikes down local drilling ban

On March 10, 2015, a Cuyahoga County trial court struck down a local ban on oil and gas development. See Bass Energy, Inc. v. Broadview Heights, Slip Opinion No. CV-14-828074 (Cuyahoga Cnty. Ct. Mar. 10, 2015). This decision comes less than a month after the Ohio Supreme Court struck down a neighboring city’s ordinance which restricted oil … Continue reading

Middle District of Pennsylvania finds separate natural gas compressor stations are not a “single source”

On February 23, 2015, the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania granted Ultra Resources, Inc.’s motion for summary judgment, holding as a matter of law that eight compressor stations owned and operated by Ultra Resources, Inc. (“Ultra”) were not a “single source” for air quality permitting purposes. See Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future … Continue reading

Ohio Supreme Court strikes down local regulation of oil and gas operations

On February 17, 2015, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a long-awaited opinion in State ex rel. Morrison v. Beck Energy Corp. The Court, in a divided opinion (3-1-3), held that Ohio’s Home Rule Amendment does not allow a local municipality to enforce its own permitting scheme in addition to the statewide scheme adopted under Ohio … Continue reading
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