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Court rules in favor of Eclipse in oil and gas lease case

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

On November 30, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit issued an opinion in Eclipse Resources - Ohio, LLC v. Madzia, affirming the lower court’s grant of summary judgment to Eclipse Resources in all respects. ...more

Energy Insider Interview Series: Nissa Darbonne – Author of The American Shales, Editor-at-Large for Hart Energy’s Oil and Gas...

1. A few years ago, you wrote The American Shales, which is a history of the American shale plays. What was your motivation for writing the book? Thanks for asking about that. In particular, with Oil and Gas Investor...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017

WV DEP Waives Clean Water Act Authority Over Atlantic Coast Pipeline - "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection waived the state's authority under the federal Clean Water Act to determine if another major...more

West Virginia listed in top 10 for oil and gas investment climate

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The Fraser Institute's new survey of petroleum industry executives and managers lists West Virginia as one of the 10 most attractive jurisdictions for oil and natural gas investment worldwide. ...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017 #3

EPA Hosts Public Hearing in Charleston on Clean Power Plan - "Those who favored repeal cited coal jobs and economic concerns, saying they fear if the plan were implemented, it would negatively affect coal jobs and along...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017 #2

Wheeling Resident David Zatezalo Confirmed to Lead MSHA - "In a strict party-line vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Wheeling resident David Zatezalo to lead the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. The vote to...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017

China Energy Investment Signs MOU for $83.7 Billion in West Virginia Projects "China Energy Investment Corp, the world's largest power company by asset value, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to invest $83.7...more

U.S. Government Issues Guidance on Expanded Russia Sanctions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of State issued public guidance on sanctions with respect to 39 named entities related to Russia's defense and intelligence sectors. This guidance is issued under Section 231 of the Countering America's...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

New electricity generation: Eskom outlines transmission spending plans - Eskom plans to spend ZAR174.5 billion on its transmission and distribution network over the next 10 years, largely to improve reliability and...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #3

Department of Interior Rescinds OSM Enforcement Policies - On October 12, 2017, the Department of the Interior ("DOI") withdrew two prior Office of Surface Mining ("OSM") policies affecting mining operations. DOI rescinded...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017

An Obscure Statute Is Helping Trump Save U.S. Coal, Nuclear - "Rick Perry is using an authority granted to him as U.S. energy secretary to call on the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change its rules...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Kubayi sets 77c/kWh price cap and October deadline for signing of 26 renewables projects - Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi stipulated that all the projects would be subject to a 77c/kWh tariff cap; a price point that...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - August 2017#2

This is our second installment of Currents - our weekly energy news e-blast where we deliver the week's top energy news stories and our synopsis of why those stories are important from a legal perspective. - Appeals Court...more

Five Lessons Learned From Executing Shale Drilling Transactions

by Liskow & Lewis on

Shale drilling transactions typically involve (1) a party who holds oil and gas leases with underlying shale formations but who may not have the risk capital or expertise to explore such formations (the “Lease Party”) and (2)...more

Land Owners Could Be Paying Proposed Severance Tax

by Barley Snyder on

Whether or not the latest natural gas severance tax proposal gets passed into law in Pennsylvania, House Bill 542 contains some interesting language land owners who have signed lease agreements with energy companies need to...more

Comprehensive Study of Impacts of Shale Development in Texas Released

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On June 19, 2017, the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (AMEST) released a report, Environmental and Community Impacts of Shale Development in Texas. TAMEST is a nonprofit organization and brain trust...more

How the President’s Executive Order Will Affect U.S. Oil, Natural Gas and Coal Industries

by Perkins Coie on

President Donald Trump’s recently signed Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (the Order) includes significant revisions to the regulatory landscape both (1) directly in the case of oil and...more

Policy Predictions: How will Trump's 100-Day Plan Affect U.S. Energy Industry?

by LeClairRyan on

The American landscape is littered with failed prognostications about what new Presidential administrations would or would not ? and could or could not ? accomplish. Every new President faces the challenge of transforming...more

ICYMI: Energy & Environmental News Roundup

Oil & Gas - Murray Energy Closes $63.6 Million Asset Sale of Utica Oil and Gas Reserves - On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Murray Energy Corporation announced that it had entered into an agreement to sell around 5,900...more

Post-Election Update 2016

by Bracewell LLP on

The 2016 election results have significant implications for companies across a wide range of industry sectors. From environmental policy to financial services to tax reform, President-elect Trump has committed to sweeping...more

Sanctions in Energy: Russia and Iran

by Dentons on

US and EU sanctions related to Russia and Iran have a direct and targeted impact on the energy sector. The sanctions regimes against Russia and Iran differ substantially and seem to be moving in different directions. In this...more

Ohio Supreme Court Rules in Landowner Royalty Case

by Roetzel & Andress on

In a closely watched and long-awaited case with potentially sweeping industry-wide consequences, the Supreme Court of Ohio refused to adopt a default rule regarding deduction of postproduction costs from landowner royalties...more

UK Shale: Full Steam Ahead for Fracking?

On 6 October 2016, the UK's Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, overruled local councillors on appeal and approved Cuadrilla's plans to explore for shale gas in Lancashire. Cuadrilla has been...more

Pittsburgh Penguins Are the Energy Story of the Year!

by Blank Rome LLP on

Pittsburgh coal may be dead, but the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins are the “energy” story of the year—maybe the century. At the turn of the New Year, the Penguins were deader than a rusty, retired coal plant. The team...more

The Continued Attempt to End Shale Development in Colorado – This Time Through the Voter Initiative

by BakerHostetler on

An attempt to put restrictions on shale development, so as to effectively end it, is nothing new in Colorado. Just this year, several Democrats attempted to push a bill through the Colorado House of Representatives that would...more

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