District Court Upholds Primacy of Lease’s Change of Ownership Clause

On May 20, 2016, the Middle District of Pennsylvania granted summary judgment in favor of Babst Calland’s client in Montrose Hillbillies II, LLP v. WPX Energy Keystone, LLP and Stern Marcellus Holdings, LLC , a case involving the extension of the prim(…)

Governor Wolf Tries Again for PA Severance Tax

StateImpact Pennsylvania reports that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf wants natural gas drillers to pay a 6.5% severance tax on natural gas production, which he estimates will bring in $217.8 million dollars for the 2016/2017 fiscal year, a fraction of(…)

Pennsylvania High Court Prohibits Tolling of Oil and Gas Leases During Litigation

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued Harrison v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., a significant opinion in which the Court refused to apply equitable tolling principles that other oil and gas jurisdictions have adopted.  Such principles prevent(…)

Ohio’s Fifth District Court of Appeals Weighs in on Dormant Mineral Act Issue

Ohio’s Fifth District Court of Appeals recently held that the 1989 version of Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act applies to current disputes concerning ownership of severed mineral estates. The court in Wendt v. Dickerson followed previous rulings from the Se(…)

Pennsylvania Superior Court Issues "Title Wash" Opinion

On May 9, 2014, in the case of Herder Spring Hunting Club v. Keller, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania issued an opinion addressing the termination of outstanding oil and gas interests through a tax sale in Pennsylvania.  The property at issue was su(…)

IRRC Approves Increase In Oil And Gas Well Fees

The PA Environment Digest reports that the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) approved an Environmental Quality Board regulation increasing oil and gas well fees.  Additional information regarding IRRC’s approval can be found at its websi(…)

Allegheny County May Lease Rights Under Deer Lakes Park

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that Allegheny County has reached a deal with Range Resources and Huntley & Huntley as to leasing the oil and gas under Deer Lakes Park in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.  Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzg(…)

PA House Panel Approves Bill To Reform Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act

As reported by legal news website Law360, a Pennsylvania bill was approved by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee that would amend the Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act of 1979 (GMRA) and will move to the House floor. House Bill 1684 w(…)

Supreme Court Denies Application For Reargument Or Reconsideration Of Act 13 Decision

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday, February 21, 2014, denied an Application for Reargument or Reconsideration filed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding the Act 13 decision.  The December 19, 2013 Opinion and Order of the Supreme Court(…)

Shale Exploration And Production Causes Major Job Boom In The United States

As expected, the recent increase in shale production and exploration has caused a major increase in job creation in the oil and gas industry, recent reports show. According to data released by the Energy Information Administration and the U.S. Departm(…)