Nicolle Snyder Bagnell

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court holds estoppel by deed applies to oil and gas leases

In the Court’s first decision on oil and gas issues since three new justices were elected, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held that the doctrine of estoppel by deed applies to oil and gas leases. In Shedden v....more

4/9/2016 - Action to Quiet Title Deeds Equitable Estoppel Estoppel Gas Royalties Land Owners Mineral Leases Oil & Gas PA Supreme Court

New Pennsylvania Methane Rules may be More Stringent than Federal Standards

Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced the creation of a multi-pronged plan to target and reduce methane emissions from unconventional natural gas wells, pipelines, and other sources in the Pennsylvania oil and gas sector. These...more

1/26/2016 - Department of Environmental Protection EPA General Permit Governor Wolf Methane Natural Gas Oil & Gas Pipelines

Third Circuit Holds That Courts – Not Arbitrators – Must Determine Whether Arbitration Clauses Permit Class Action Arbitration

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in a precedential opinion, recently held that courts, not arbitrators, must decide whether a class action dispute should be governed by arbitration unless the...more

1/13/2016 - American Arbitration Association Arbitration Arbitrators Class Action Corporate Counsel Declaratory Rulings Gas Royalties Judicial Review Mineral Leases Oil & Gas

The Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force Releases First Draft of Recommendations to Gov. Wolf for Future Pipeline...

Overview of the Task Force - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force (PITF) recently released the first draft of its report. In May 2015, Gov. Wolf announced the...more

11/19/2015 - Comment Period Emergency Response Erosion Governor Wolf Pipelines

Ohio Supreme Court Issues Second Key Decision Interpreting Dormant Mineral Act

On November 5, 2015, in Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C., et al. v. Kenneth Buell, et al., 2015-Ohio-4551, the Ohio Supreme Court issued its second decision interpreting Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act (the “ODMA”). The ODMA is a...more

11/6/2015 - Land Titles Mineral Leases Notice Requirements OH Supreme Court Oil & Gas

Supreme Court of Kentucky Provides Guidance on Deduction of Post-Production Costs

On August 20, 2015, the Supreme Court of Kentucky published two opinions addressing questions about the propriety of deduction of certain post-production costs from royalty payments under an oil and gas lease. In Baker v....more

8/31/2015 - KY Supreme Court Mineral Extraction Oil & Gas Royalties Severance Tax

Pennsylvania Superior Court Confirms “Or” Means “Or”

On February 4, 2015, less than one month after hearing oral argument on the matter, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the April 2014 decision of Greene County Court of Common Pleas Judge William R. Nalitz in Warren v....more

2/11/2015 - Contract Term Mineral Leases Oil & Gas

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Considers Equitable Extension of Lease Terms

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has accepted a certified question in a case that may provide oil and gas operators some relief from the uncertainty surrounding landowner-initiated lease invalidation claims. In Harrison, et al....more

10/10/2014 - Mineral Leases Oil & Gas Relief Measures

6th Circuit Win in Oil and Gas Lease Dispute

On June 6, 2014, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the district court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. in Eastham v. Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C., Case No. 13-4233. This is the first appellate...more

6/9/2014 - Appeals Class Action Energy Policy Leases Marcellus Shale Mineral Leases Oil & Gas Renewal Options

Pennsylvania Legislature Considers Further Amendments to the Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act

Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry has grown tremendously in the past five years and continues to grow. Along with that market growth, Pennsylvania’s oil and gas laws, regulations, and guidance documents have changed....more

7/25/2013 - Energy Fracking New Regulations Oil & Gas

Oil and Gas Companies Partner with Environmental Groups to Develop Performance Standards for the Industry

The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (“CSSD”), an environmental organization located in Pittsburgh, Pa., has announced a program of Performance Standards that has been mutually agreed to by a number of environmental...more

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

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