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Comprehensive Summary Of Final Senate Bill 373

On Saturday evening, March 8, after intense work and consideration of perhaps 100 or more amendments, the West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 373 ("SB 373"), which establishes sweeping new regulatory programs that...more

3/13/2014 - Drinking Water Storage Tanks Water Supplies

Oil & Gas Summary Of Final Senate Bill 373

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC was very active during the West Virginia Legislative session on behalf of the natural gas industry regarding interest in the above referenced bill that was introduced in reaction to a chemical...more

3/12/2014 - Energy Policy Environmental Policies Oil & Gas

What’s Up with Noise, Light, Dust and Volatile Organic Compounds?

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) released its report to the West Virginia Legislature in May on the study of “noise, light, dust and volatile organic compounds generated by the drilling of...more

8/5/2013 - Air Pollution Department of Environmental Protection Excessive Noise Horizontal Wells Nuisance Oil & Gas Safety Precautions

The Shale Play Today - July 2013

In This Issue: - Legislative Update: Pa. Passes Oil & Gas Lease Act: On July 9, 2013, Governor Corbett signed the Oil and Gas Lease Act, Senate Bill No. 259 of 2013 (the"Act"), which amends Pennsylvania's...more

7/31/2013 - Natural Gas Natural Resources New Legislation Oil & Gas Permits Pipelines Resource Extraction Shale Gas

Finally -- Rules Governing Horizontal Well Development

On April 12, 2013, the West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 243 which contained, among other West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) rules, the Rules Governing Horizontal Well Development 35-8...more

6/4/2013 - Amended Legislation Department of Environmental Protection Fracking Horizontal Wells Trade Secrets Waste

The Shale Play Today - May 2013

In This Issue: - Finally -- Rules Governing W.Va. Horizontal Well Development - N.Y. Appellate Court: Municipalities Can Ban O&G Activity - Fracking Nearly Doubles Ohio Oil & Natural Gas Output - Excerpt...more

5/31/2013 - Department of Environmental Protection Fracking Horizontal Wells Municipalities Natural Gas Oil & Gas

New Floodplain Ordinance Targets Oil and Gas Operations

The County Commission in Doddridge County, West Virginia is currently considering amendments to its Floodplain Ordinance as a result of a December 17, 2012 decision by the Circuit Court of Doddridge County. (Comments to the...more

4/26/2013 - Flood Zones Local Ordinance Municipalities Oil & Gas

The Shale Play Today - March 2013

In This Issue: - W.Va. Legislative Update - Pipeline Expansion Means Abundant Natural Gas for N.C. - E&P Companies Join Forces with Environmentalists & Philanthropists - Useful Resource: Ohio Utica Shale...more

3/29/2013 - Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Oil & Gas Shale Gas Utica Shale

W.Va. Legislative Update

In continuing our commitment to best serve our clients, we have been closely monitoring legislative changes in West Virginia that may affect the shale gas industry in the state. This update covers a new rule affecting...more

3/29/2013 - Department of Environmental Protection Fracking Oil & Gas Pit and Impoundment Proposed Legislation

Safety First: Consider On-Site Consultation

Although only tangentially related to oil and gas operations, the recent pipeline rupture and resulting fire near Charleston, West Virginia highlights the importance of safety inspections and the costs incurred when accidents...more

1/7/2013 - Consultation Programs Oil & Gas OSHA Pipelines Safety Precautions

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