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Regulations and More Regulations: Pa. Proposes Methane Reductions

On January 19, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a framework for reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector in the state. The Governor touted that as the second-largest producer of natural gas in the...more

The Shale Play Today: First Quarter 2016

The Best Protection - Safeguards in Purchasing Distressed Oil and Gas Assets - In the current environment of depressed prices for oil, natural gas and related liquids, oil and gas wells, leases and properties are coming...more

Administration’s Climate Action Plan Breathes New Life Into Oil and Natural Gas Air Regulations

On March 28, 2014, the White House released its Climate Action Plan Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. The oil and natural gas sectors are clearly in the cross-hairs for reductions. The report indicates the oil and natural...more

The Shale Play Today - May 2014

In This Issue: - Climate Action Plan Breathes New Life into Oil & Gas Air Regulations - Major Natural Gas Power Plant Announcement Indicates Different Uses for Marcellus & Utica Shale Gas - Natural Gas Expanding...more

CG Policy on Barging of Produced Water

On October 30, 2013, the United States Coast Guard published a “Proposed Policy Letter: Carriage of Conditionally Permitted Shale Gas Extraction Waste Water in Bulk” (“Proposed Policy”) pertaining to the barging of “shale...more

EQB Proposes Substantial Increases in Permit Fees for Unconventional Wells

The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (“EQB”) published its proposal to substantially increase the permit fees for “unconventional wells” in the PA Bulletin on September 14, 2013. The current average permit fee for...more

10/4/2013  /  Fees , Oil & Gas , Permits

The Shale Play Today - September 2013

In This Issue: - Deeper Resources: Rotruck Joins Spilman - EQB Proposes Substantial Increases in Permit Fees for Unconventional Wells - Oil & Gas Lessees Retain Important Rights in W.Va. - Pa. Shale Industry...more

Regulation in the Air: The Latest Federal & State Developments

It seems that new developments are always on the horizon in the world of the Clean Air Act and oil and gas development. Just over a year ago, on April 17, 2012, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”)...more

The Shale Play Today - February 2013

In This Issue: - Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company Goes on the Offensive - West Virginia Legislature Focuses on Energy Bills - New Rules Proposed for Drilling Wastes in Ohio - Pa. Shale Gas Production Doubled Between...more

The Shale Play Today - November 2012

In This Issue: - Independent Natural Gas Producers Challenge EPA Air Rules - W.Va. High Court Weighs in on Surface Owners' Appeal Rights - Insuring Your Growing Assets in the Appalachian Shale Gas Plays -...more

12/6/2012  /  EPA , Shale Gas , Surface Owner

Independent Natural Gas Producers Challenge EPA Air Rules

On October 15, 2012, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC filed suit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (“IPAA”) and six other state-level oil and gas associations (PA,...more

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