Court Invalidates Fayette County (W.Va.) Ordinance Banning Underground Injection Well

On June 10, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order invalidating those parts of a Fayette County (W.Va.) ordinance that prohibit the use of underground injection wells for the disp(…)

Pa. Commonwealth Court Reverses Controversial Lycoming County Decision

Earlier today, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court issued a unanimous decision in the much-anticipated case of Gorsline v. Board of Supervisors of Fairfield Township, reversing the decision of the Court of Common Pleas of Lycoming County. In reversing(…)

New York High Court Asked to Re-hear Arguments in Case Banning Oil and Gas Activities

Citing a recently decided case in Colorado, the bankruptcy trustee for Norse Energy filed a motion in early August urging the New York Court of Appeals to re-hear arguments in the case.  In June, the Court of Appeals issued an opinion which affirmed l(…)

New York’s Highest Court Upholds Right of Municipalities to Ban Oil and Gas Activities

Today the New York Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming local zoning laws adopted by two upstate towns that prohibited oil and gas-related activities within their borders.   Specifically, the Court ruled that there was nothing within the plain(…)

New York’s Highest Court Hears Oral Arguments on Local Bans

Yesterday the New York Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in two cases challenging the authority of a municipality to ban certain oil and gas activities within its jurisdiction.  The Court is reviewing two lower court decisions from May 2013 which(…)

Federal Judge Enjoins Hempfield Township From Prohibiting Seismic Testing

On April 10, 2014, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction forcing Hempfield Township to permit ION Geophysical of Houston (ION) to perform seismic testing on the Township’s roads.  Hempfield Township argued that it does not specifically perm(…)

New York Town Extends Natural Gas Drilling Moratorium

On May 20, 2013, the Town of Canandaigua, New York, adopted a local law to extend by nine months a moratorium on all natural gas exploration and extraction activities within the town.  The new local law extends the initial 18-month moratorium passed b(…)

Municipalities Fail To Disclose Act 13 Well Fees

By April 15th, local governments in Pennsylvania were required to complete paperwork related to how the shale gas well fee money was spent in 2012.  However, millions of the money distributed under Act 13 remains unaccounted for because local governme(…)

Range Resources Argues That It Was Improperly Denied Permit

Range Resources argued in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania this week that it was improperly denied conditional use permits to place well pads in Robinson Township. Counsel for Range Resources argued that the Township Superv(…)