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California Lawmakers Making a Strong Push to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing
California Commercial Building Owners Must Disclose Energy Usage of the Building During Sale, Lease or Financing after July 1, 2013
Uncertainty Surrounds Illinois’s Nationally-Watched Collaborative Legislation On Fracking
Transbay Tower Groundbreaking
Consultant: BigLaw Growth is NOT Dead!
Weekly Brief: 78% of Law Schools Ignore ABA Rule
Local Governments Continue to Fight States for Right to Govern Fracking
Deryck Palmer on What’s Next for the Energy Sector
BigLaw's Banker: I've Got a "Robust" List of Firms That May Fail
Are EPA Regulations or Market Factors More to Blame for Potential Coal Plant Closures?
Regulatory Challanges When Bringing a Vehicle to Market in the United States
Obama Blocks Chinese-Owned Wind Project Out of Concerns for National Security
Pacific Northwest Positioned to Be Hub for Great Sustainable Transportation Economy
Stewart Baker, Former GC of NSA, on Why the Cybersecurity Act Failed & Threat of Tomorrow’s Terrorism
Who pays for road damage in Pennsylvania after ACT 13?
Marcellus gas fuels Natural Gas Vehicles
Vermont Becomes the First State to Outlaw Fracking—Stone Pigman's Keith Hall
Natural gas encourages industrial and large commercial end-users to revisit their operational plans
LXBN This Week, Episode 1: Brinker, NLRB Posting Rule, Fracking, SmithKline in the Supreme Court
Is Fracking Safe?
In two previous LEED tips, Part 1 and Part 2, we explored how taking steps that result in LEED certification may yield little if any improvement in energy efficiency. Another efficiency-neutral LEED concern is clean on-site...more
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Or, as said by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, “A rule of property long acquiesced in should not be overthrown except for compelling reasons of public policy or the imperative demands of...more
As discussed in Part I, the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission (“N.C. MEC”) will present its report on hydraulic fracturing to the Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy and the Environmental Review Commission...more
In October of 2012 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral argument on two key cases that potentially could reshape the laws and rules applicable to hydraulic fracturing in the state. We wrote extensively about these cases...more
On April 24, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in the Butler v. Charles Powers Estate case. The Supreme Court decided to maintain the status quo in Pennsylvania by reaffirming the...more
On April 24, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Butler v. Powers held that Marcellus shale “natural gas is presumptively not a mineral for purposes of private deeds.” The Court reaffirmed the “Dunham Rule,” which applies...more
By October 1, 2013, the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission (“N.C. MEC”) must report its findings and recommendations for hydraulic fracturing to the Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy and the Environmental...more
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in Butler v. Charles Powers Estate1 unanimously reversed the ruling of the Superior Court which held that an evidentiary hearing “complete with expert, scientific testimony” is necessary to...more
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
Valid Description? We don’t need no valid stinking description!
Actually, in May v. Buck, a Texas Court of Appeals says you do. The need for a sufficient property description in a oil and gas transaction seems like an...more
Starting July 1, 2013, you will be legally required to make the following additional disclosures in certain California real estate contracts and leases:
Accessibility Compliance Disclosure:
Proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s Dormant Oil and Gas Act may lead to disputes over the validity of existing oil and gas leases. In Pennsylvania, it has been long understood that the oil and gas subsurface estate may be...more
In this issue:
-Changes to Mobilehome Residency Law effective Jan. 1, 2013
-Civil Code Amendments Pertaining To Non Homeowners In Mobilehome Parks
-Changes To The Public Utilities Code
-Changes To The...more
The Marcellus, Utica and other Shale gas plays have been an economic boon to landowners, the oil and gas industry, and the states and communities in which production is occurring. The impacts of shale oil and gas development...more
„Führerschein und Papiere bitte" – ab 2013 gilt das auch für Verwalter von Immobilienfonds Und das Kapitalanlagegesetzbuch (KAGB) sieht noch eine Reihe weiterer Neuerungen vor. Diese Neuerungen betreffen auch die...more
Homeowners and renters in California may soon be able to access solar or other renewable energy from community based self-generation programs as an alternative to the power grids offered by the state’s three major public...more
Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” – a method of oil and gas extraction – was already controversial because of charges that the process is harmful to the environment. Now it’s being used to rip off landowners who refuse to...more
Governor Andrew Cuomo, as part of his ongoing “NY-Sun” program intended to accelerate customer-sited solar electricity capacity in New York State, recently signed into law three bills which further this initiative....more
In Heasley v. KSM Energy, Inc. the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently affirmed a trial court’s decision reiterating the distinction between those flat-rate royalty oil and gas leases which are dependent on production of oil...more
Originally published in the July 31, 2012 issue of The Legal Intelligencer. © 2012 ALM Media Properties, LLC.
An oil and gas lease is the fundamental document through which a producer obtains rights to explore for and...more
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. made headlines in the ongoing debate over hydraulic fracturing earlier this month, declaring that it won’t cover damage related to the controversial drilling process. ...more
In This Issue:
PA Adopts Business Friendly Budget & Tax Changes; Pennsylvania Changes Position on Taxation of "Cloud Computing"; Recent PA Sales Tax Guidance Concerning Natural Gas and Other Mining Activities;...more
In Pennsylvania, Reed Smith won two recent appellate court decisions for the oil and gas industry. In Katzin v. Central Appalachia Petroleum, LLC, No. 135 M.D.A. 2011, 2012 PA Super. 10 (Pa. Super. Ct. Jan. 19, 2012), the...more
In December 2011, the Texas Supreme Court issued its latest decision on the statute of limitations and fraudulent concealment exception. In the case, Shell entered into a mineral lease with the Ross family in 1961. Under the...more
Virtually all of us take our access to and use of fresh water for granted. However, water rights are, and should be, a significant concern for many Albertans. Those who reside or do business in rural areas, have a water well...more
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