The Ohio Oil And Gas Commission Affirms Orders Suspending Operation Of An Injection Well Due To Low-Level Seismic Events

The Ohio Oil and Gas Commission rendered a decision on August 12, 2015, affirming two orders of the Chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management that suspended operation of an injection well operated by American Water Management Services(…)

West Virginia House Approves Fair Pooling Bill

The West Virginia Fair Pooling bill, which we first described last week, has been approved in the West Virginia House of Delegates by a vote of 60-40.  In order to become law, the bill must be approved by the State Senate before March 14, when the leg(…)

WV Senate Passes Permit Transfer Legislation

As reported by The State Journal, the West Virginia Senate has passed Senate Bill 280 (“SB 280”) which, if it becomes effective, would allow the Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to transfer well work permits from o(…)

New York Governor Signs Climate Change Preparedness Bill

On September 22, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the “Community Risk and Resiliency Act”, which amends several provisions of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) to incorporate consideration of potential climate change impacts(…)

Pennsylvania DEP Adopts New Rule Increasing Unconventional Well Permit Fees

On Friday, June 13, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) adopted a final rulemaking that increased well permit fees for unconventional wells in Pennsylvania for the first time since October 24, 2009.  The new rule, whi(…)

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(…)

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Experiences Growth

Largely due to increased revenues from drilling permit fees, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has nearly doubled its staff in the last two years.  Metro News reports that the DEP cites this growth as allowing them to be m(…)

Doddridge County, WV Floodplain Drilling Moratorium Lifted

The Exponent Telegram reports a moratorium on floodplain oil and gas drilling permits in Doddridge County, WV has been lifted.  The Doddridge County Commission voted 2-1 on June 4, 2013 to lift the moratorium, which had been in place since December 18(…)

Ohio's Utica Shale – Additional Permits and New Production Reports

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports that during the week of January 13 through January 19, 2013, it approved 3 new horizontal well drilling permits regarding the Utica/Point Pleasant Shale, all of which were issued to Chesapeake Ex(…)

Utica Shale Permitting in Ohio Continues Steady Growth in Early 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports that during the week of January 6 through January 12, 2013, it approved 17 new horizontal well drilling permits regarding the Utica/Point Pleasant Shale,  6 of which were issued to Chesapeake Exp(…)

ODNR Issues 8 New Utica Shale Permits to Kick-Off 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports that during the week of December 30, 2012 through January 5, 2013, it approved 8 new horizontal well drilling permits, 4 of which were issued to Gulfport Energy Corporation for operations in Harr(…)

ODNR Wraps Up 2012 With 4 Additional Utica Shale Permits

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports that during the week of December 23 through December 29, it approved 4 new horizontal well drilling permits regarding the Utica/Point Pleasant Shale, all  of which were issued to Mountaineer Keys(…)

Utica Shale Development Continues to Grow in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports that during the week of December 16 through December 22, it approved 11 new horizontal well drilling permits regarding the Utica/Point Pleasant Shale, the majority of which were issued for operat(…)

PA DEP provides guidance on Act 13 spill containment plan requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has provided E&P companies with information regarding a new requirement in Act 13 that unconventional well permit applicants submit a spill containment plan.  According to the information fro(…)

West Viriginia Supreme Court to Address Surface Owner’s Right to Appeal Marcellus Well Permit

On September 25, 2012, the West Virginia Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case of Martin, et al. v. Hamblet, Docket No. 11-1157. The issue in this case is whether a surface owner is vested with the right to an administrative hearing on and s(…)