SB 576: Revised Co-Tenancy and Lease Integration Legislation Introduced in West Virginia

On March 10, 2017, Senate Bill 576 (SB 576) was introduced in the West Virginia Senate to take the place of SB 244, which addressed the oil and natural gas industry’s effort to efficiently develop production of natural resources. Similar to SB 244, SB(…)

Federal Court Invalidates Portions of a Local Ordinance, Which Banned the Use of Underground Injection Wells

On October 14, 2015, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania invalidated several provisions of a Grant Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania local ordinance that was intended to prevent an oil and gas operator from o(…)

Four Veteran West Virginia Attorneys Join Babst Calland's Charleston Office as Shareholders

Veteran attorneys Timothy Miller from Robinson & McElwee, and Christopher ‘Kip” Power, Mychal Schulz and Robert Stonestreet from the Charleston office of Dinsmore & Shohl have joined forces with Babst Calland in providing senior-level legal co(…)

Babst Calland Releases Fourth Annual Energy Industry Report

“The 2014 Babst Calland Report – Appalachian Shale Industry in Transition: Evolving Challenges for Producers and Midstream Operators” comments on key issues facing producers and midstream operators from a legal and regulatory perspective, including: G(…)

Industry Experts See No Ceiling For Appalachian Production

As reported by NGI’s Shale Daily on June 4, many descended upon Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday for the first day of Hart Energy’s Developing Unconventional Gas (DUG) East Conference, where representatives from industry leaders discussed recent(…)

WVU College of Law Introduces Energy Law LL.M. Program to Begin Fall Semester

The West Virginia University College of Law is now offering a Master of Laws in Energy and Sustainable Development Law set to begin during the Fall Semester 2014.  With the addition of the one-year LL.M. program, the College of Law is focusing on West(…)

Draft New York State Energy Plan Does Not Include Marcellus Shale Drilling

The New York State Energy Planning Board released its Draft 2014 State Energy Plan on January 7, 2014.  Although one of the draft plan’s key initiatives includes expanding access to natural gas as an alternative to petroleum products for heating and p(…)

President Obama Directs Agencies to "Lead by Example," Setting New Renewable Energy Goals for Federal Facilities

On December 10, 2013, President Obama issued a memo entitled, “Federal Leadership on Energy Management,” that directs federal facilities to achieve new goals for renewable energy and implement new energy management practices.  The principal goals are(…)

Pittsburgh Business Times Publishes Ranking of the Largest Law Firm Energy Practices in the Pittsburgh Region

This week, the Pittsburgh Business Times published a ranking of the largest law firm energy practices in the Pittsburgh region. Among the 31 law firms listed, Babst Calland, with 70 lawyers serving the energy industry, ranked first among all firms pra(…)

PA State Senator Introduces Bill That Would Add Pugh Clause to Leases

Pennsylvania state Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming County) has introduced legislation that would effectively add a Pugh clause to leases being unitized for development of shale gas.  Senate Bill 356, which was introduced by Senator Yaw and several others(…)

Md. Court Rules That Dominion May Export LNG from Cove Point Terminal

On Friday, the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland, ruled that Dominion has the right to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) from its Cove Point terminal in Calvert County, Maryland. The Sierra Club and the Maryland Conservation Counci(…)

Halcon Buys Carrizo's Utica Leases

On Monday, October 15, 2012, Carizzo Oil and Gas announced that Halcon Resources Corp. purchased a majority of their Utica Shale leases in Trumbull, Ohio, and Mercer and Crawford counties, Pennsylvania, for $43 million. An existing drilling pad and ap(…)

Marathon to Build Shale Liquids Truck-to-Barge Facility on Ohio River

Marathon Petroleum Corporation announced Tuesday, October 9, 2012, that they plan to build a truck-to-barge loading facility in Wellsville, Ohio, to expedite the taking of hydrocarbon liquids oil produced in the Utica Shale play to Catlettsburg, Kentu(…)

Indigenous Mineral Resources Incentive Development Act signed into law

The Indigenous Mineral Resources Incentives Development Act was signed into law by Pennsylvania Govenor Tom Corbett on October 9, 2012.  The law allows the Pennsylvania Department of General Services to execute leases for the mining and removal of coa(…)

Federal Court rejects PIOGA’s Contempt Motion – But Cautions Forest Service

In July 2011, PIOGA filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania seeking to hold the United States Forest Service in contempt of court for allegedly failing to adhere to the Court’s December 2009 preliminary injun(…)

Five municipalities sued the Commonwealth today seeking to halt the implementation of Act 13

Cecil Township, Robinson Township, Peters Township, and Mt. Pleasant Township, all in Washington County, and South Fayette Township, Allegheny County together filed a complaint in Commonwealth Court [add link to Complaint] arguing that Act 13 is uncon(…)

Williams Partners Announces $2.5 Billion Acquisition to Establish Major Footprint in Liquids-Rich Area of Marcellus Shale

On Tuesday March 20, Williams Partners L.P., a Williams Companies, Inc. affiliate, announced an agreement to acquire Caiman Eastern Midstream LLC, a midstream subsidiary of Caiman Energy, for $2.5 billion. Caiman Eastern’s holdings include existing ph(…)