George Skupski

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Michigan Lawmakers Evaluate Lower Severance Tax and Infrastructure Bills for Carbon Dioxide-Injected Oil and Gas Wells

While legislation driven by the rapid growth of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has dominated oil and gas legislation in recent years, this week, Michigan lawmakers considered bills to enhance viability of other...more

1/31/2014 - Fracking Oil & Gas Pipelines Resource Extraction Severance Tax Utilities Sector

Federal Court Holds that an Eastern Ohio Oil and Gas Lease Expired before Drilling in a Potentially Costly Ruling

In a recent case, Cameron v. Hess Corporation, Case No. 2:12-CV-00168 (September 24, 2013), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio held that an eastern Ohio oil and gas lease entered into by Hess...more

10/14/2013 - Contract Drafting Leases Mineral Leases Oil & Gas

Oil Transportation Safety under Scrutiny by the Federal Railroad Administration

The United States Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced in a July 29 letter to the American Petroleum Institute that it is investigating the safety of transporting crude oil by rail, citing potential safety issues...more

8/13/2013 - Federal Railroad Administration Investigations Oil & Gas Safety Precautions Train Accidents

New York Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium Extension Bill Remains Stalled in Senate

Activity, or inactivity in this case, has continued in recent weeks on the decision over the future of hydraulic fracturing in New York. As the New York Senate’s summer recess approaches, the Senate bill proposed in early...more

6/11/2013 - Andrew Cuomo Fracking Fracking Bans Proposed Legislation

U.S. Treasury Awards $3.5 Billion in New Markets Tax Credit Allocations

On April 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (the CDFI Fund) announced the community development entities (CDEs) selected to receive the $3.5 billion in New...more

4/25/2013 - Community Development Entities New Market Tax Credits U.S. Treasury

Texas Railroad Commission Amends Fracturing Fluid Recycling Rules to Encourage Water Conservation

Under rules adopted by the Texas Railroad Commission (Commission) on March 26, 2013, effective April 15, 2013, Texas hydraulic fracturing operators may recycle fracturing fluids on their own leased or owned land used for...more

4/5/2013 - Conservation Fracking Permits Water

Youngstown City Hydraulic Fracturing Ban Approved for May Ballot

In late February, we covered the state and federal legislative and enforcement responses to the release of hydraulic fracturing waste into a Youngstown, Ohio area tributary by a local oil and gas drilling operator. Shortly...more

3/21/2013 - Fracking Fracking Bans

Federal Charges Filed for Ohio Drilling Waste Release; Ohio Legislation Proposes Increased Penalties

Early last week, we covered the response of Ohio regulators to an alleged release of hydraulic fracturing waste into a Youngstown, Ohio area tributary by Hard Rock Excavating (Hard Rock), an affiliate of oil and gas player...more

2/20/2013 - Clean Water Act Criminal Prosecution Drilling Waste Disposal Fracking Oil & Gas Penalties Waste

Discharge of Drilling Waste in Ohio Triggers Civil and Criminal Enforcement Actions; Heightens Scrutiny of State Regulatory...

A release of approximately 40,000 gallons of oil and gas operations waste into a Youngstown, Ohio area storm drain flowing into the Mahoning River is igniting a call for tighter regulatory oversight and more transparent...more

2/12/2013 - Enforcement Actions Fracking Hard Rock Excavating Natural Resources ODNR OEPA Oil & Gas Permits Storm Sewers Storm Water Underground Injection Wells Waste

Leaked New York Department of Health Report: Hydraulic Fracturing Can Be Safely Conducted

A previously confidential New York state agency report analyzing the human health impact of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) operations released to a limited number of media outlets last Thursday concludes that HVHF...more

1/10/2013 - Department of Environmental Conservation Department of Health Fracking

New Markets Tax Credit Program Extended for Two Years by American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

On January 2, 2013, President Barack Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8) into law which, in addition to addressing other "fiscal cliff" issues, extends the New Markets Tax Credit ("NMTC") Program...more

1/5/2013 - American Taxpayer Relief Act Fiscal Cliff New Market Tax Credits

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