Joel Burcat

Joel Burcat

Saul Ewing LLP

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Unanimous Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court rules that the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Environmental Rights Amendment in...

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled on January 7, 2015 that the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Environmental Rights Amendment in Robinson Township, which was backed by only three justices, is nonbinding. The...more

1/12/2015 - Energy Projects Environmental Policies Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Utilities Sector

Rumors of the Death of “Title Washing” Are Greatly Exaggerated

On May 9, 2014, the Pennsylvania Superior Court reinvigorated a practice in Pennsylvania known as “title washing,” which has gained importance in recent years due to the development of the Marcellus Shale. Herder Spring...more

5/20/2014 - Deeds Land Titles Marcellus Shale Mineral Rights Oil & Gas Property Tax Real Estate Investments

The Four Biggest Takeaways from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Marcellus Shale Decision

In a huge victory for municipal governments and opponents of unconventional gas drilling, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down portions of the commonwealth’s 2012 Oil and Gas Act (also known as “Act 13”). This Alert...more

12/23/2013 - Marcellus Shale Oil & Gas Shale Gas

Butler v. Charles Powers Estate: Owners of Marcellus Shale Gas May Now Rest Easily

The Dunham Rule is alive and well in Pennsylvania and thousands of titles to Marcellus shale gas will not be impacted by any change in the law. Pennsylvania’s peculiar rule of property law—that says that oil and gas are not...more

5/1/2013 - Dunham Rule Marcellus Shale Minerals Oil & Gas

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