Fracking Marcellus Shale

Fracking is a non-technical term for Hydraulic Fracturing. Fracking or Hydraulic Fracturing is a method for retrieving, otherwise inaccessible, natural gas and petroleum by injecting pressurized fluid and... more +
Fracking is a non-technical term for Hydraulic Fracturing. Fracking or Hydraulic Fracturing is a method for retrieving, otherwise inaccessible, natural gas and petroleum by injecting pressurized fluid and chemicals into underground rock causing fissures. The fissures widen and expand allowing petroleum and gas to escape and flow to areas where it can be retrieved.  less -
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Are Oil and Gas Producers Protecting the Environment?

In their search for Utopia, some opponents of oil and gas drilling ignore innovation … What’s harmful now will forever be that way....more

Five Things Marcellus Shale Producers and Midstream Companies Should Consider Following the Robinson Township Act 13 Decision

While Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is being reconsidered on remand and certain aspects of Act 13 remain unclear, oil and gas companies in the process of obtaining state permits may take some steps to try...more

The Shale Play Today - May 2014

In This Issue: - Climate Action Plan Breathes New Life into Oil & Gas Air Regulations - Major Natural Gas Power Plant Announcement Indicates Different Uses for Marcellus & Utica Shale Gas - Natural Gas Expanding...more

The Shale Play Today - January 2014

In This Issue: - Pa. Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provisions of Act 13 - Midstream Remains a Hot Spot in Marcellus & Utica Region - Marcellus Shale Responsible for $1.14 Billion in Deals - Marcellus Shale...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declares Portions of Marcellus Shale Act Unconstitutional, Upholds Local Regulation of Oil and Gas...

On December 19, 2013, in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania et al., the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared portions of Act 13 of 2012 (Act 13), commonly known as the “Marcellus Shale Act,” unconstitutional. As...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling Impacts Shale Development

On December 19, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its decision on the constitutionality of Act 13—a comprehensive set of amendments to the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act. The court declared unconstitutional certain...more

Pennsylvania Drillers May Soon Face Tightened Environmental Regulations

Oil and gas drillers in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale formation may soon find themselves subject to more stringent environmental protection standards under regulations proposed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental...more

Pa. Litigation Update

This summer was anything but a sleepy period for decisions from Pennsylvania courts on issues important to the oil and gas industry. Here are summaries of four cases issued in July and August - one from the Third Circuit...more

The Shale Play Today - August 2013

In This Issue: - Pa. Litigation Update - Lease Contests in the W.Va. Shale Gas Plays - Shell Taking Bids for Beaver Co., Pa. Ethane Cracker Plant - DEP & Landfill Owners Not Alarmed by Marcellus Waste at...more

From the Ohio River to the Marcellus and Utica Hydraulic Fracturing Sites – Company to Build Pipeline for Water Transport

As oil and gas companies across the country face increasing pressure to decrease their use of fresh water for fracking operations, new and innovative solutions are sought....more

PA DEP Revises Marcellus Gas Well Site Air Quality Permit Criteria

On Thursday, August 8, 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released final air quality plan exemption criteria to be applied to unconventional natural gas wells (i.e., gas wells drilled into the...more

Department of Energy Report Indicates Fracking Has Not Contaminated Drinking Water in Western Pennsylvania

A recent study by the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) indicates that chemical-laced fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have not contaminated the drinking water at a test...more

DOE Study Finds Fracking Does Not Contaminate Drinking Water Sources in Marcellus Shale

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) told The Associated Press that the preliminary results of its study indicated that that fracking chemicals did not reach drinking water sources at a well site in the Marcellus...more

Reed Smith Marcellus Shale Tax Update - Recycle, Reuse, Reduce Your Tax Burdens

Pennsylvania’s broad mining exemption from sales and use tax also includes an exemption for pollution-control devices that is less well known than the general exemption for mining equipment. The pollution-control exemption...more

New York Appellate Court Throws Curveball at Fracking Debate

The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, Third Department, unanimously rejected an appeal from Norse Energy Corporation, and affirmed the Town of Dryden’s right to prevent fracking through land use and zoning...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds Statewide Oil And Gas Conveyance Rules

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

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

Marcellus Shale Impact Fee to Support Certain Projects for Governmental Entities, Councils of Government, Not-For-Profit Entities,...

The Commonwealth Financing Authority has begun accepting applications for five programs established by the Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund to support conservation projects and environmental protection measures. On...more

Reed Smith Marcellus Shale Tax Update – Sales and Use Tax

Using subcontractors does not 'fracture' your exemption from Pennsylvania sales tax - The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has taken the position that certain equipment used in Pennsylvania fracking operations is...more

The Shale Play Today - December 2012

In This Issue: - The Natural Gas Industry: 2012 Year in Review & Look Ahead - Please Take Our Reader Survey - Spilman Member Speaks at National Environmental Conference - Statoil Acquires 70k Acres in...more

The Natural Gas Industry: 2012 Year in Review and Look Ahead

In 2012, industry observers began to see a divergence in production activity in the Marcellus and Utica Shale region. Producers with liquids-rich holdings began to divert rigs from the dry gas areas to the Utica and western...more

Hydraulic Fracking – Recent Developments in CA, NY, NJ and PA

For our readers who are keeping tabs on developments in the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) industry, we thought you would be interested in Sedgwick’s latest Hydraulic Fracturing News Flash regarding a recent proposal in...more

Judge Dismisses Attorney General’s “Fracking” Suit Over the Delaware River Basin

U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis recently dismissed a lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman against the Delaware River Basin Commission (“DRBC”), EPA, and other federal agencies seeking to...more

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