The 2021 Babst Calland Report Highlights Legal and Regulatory Perspectives at a Transformational Time for the U.S. Energy Industry

A Recent Conversation with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin Featured in this Report Law firm Babst Calland today published its 11th annual energy industry report: The 2021 Babst Calland Report – Legal & Regulatory Perspectives for the U.S. Energy Industry(…)

The Babst Calland Report Highlights Legal and Regulatory Challenges for the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry

The law firm of Babst Calland published its 10th annual energy industry report: The 2020 Babst Calland Report – The U.S. Oil & Gas Industry: Federal, State, Local Challenges & Opportunities; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producers and M(…)

West Virginia Supreme Court Affirms Approach in Oil and Gas Title Memorandum Decision

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia recently issued a memorandum opinion interpreting a reservation of oil and gas “royalty.” The result of the Court’s holding is consistent with long standing West Virginia case law regarding oil and gas sev(…)

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Accepts Appeal in Case Involving Lease Abandonment by Operator

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently accepted the appeal of Mitch-Well Energy, Inc. (“Mitch-Well”) in SLT Holdings, LLC v. Mitch-Well Energy, Inc. on the issue of whether Mitch-Well effectively abandoned its leases by failing either to produce oil(…)

The 2019 Babst Calland Report Highlights Federal, State and Local Challenges and Opportunities for the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry

The law firm of Babst Calland today released its annual energy industry report: The 2019 Babst Calland Report – The U.S. Oil and Gas Industry: Federal, State and Local Challenges & Opportunities; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producers and(…)

The 2018 Babst Calland Report Focuses on the Appalachian Basin Oil & Gas Industry Forging Ahead Despite Obstacles

Babst Calland today released its annual energy industry report: The 2018 Babst Calland Report – Appalachian Basin Oil & Gas Industry: Forging Ahead Despite Obstacles; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producers and Midstream Operators.  This an(…)

Employment & Labor Alert: Wage Hour Division Announces PAID Program to Assist with FLSA Compliance

On March 6, 2018, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (WHD) announced a new pilot program, the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, which is intended to encourage employers to identify and correct potentially(…)

Environmental Alert: The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board’s Second Analysis of the Environmental Rights Amendment

On November 13, 2017, the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board issued its second opinion analyzing Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, commonly known as the Environmental Rights Amendment, in light of the Pennsylvania Supreme C(…)

The 2017 Babst Calland Report Focuses on the Resurgence of the Appalachian Shale Gas Industry

On June 20, 2017, Babst Calland released its seventh annual energy industry report entitled The 2017 Babst Calland Report – Upstream, Midstream and Downstream: Resurgence of the Appalachian Shale Industry; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producer(…)

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(…)

Pennsylvania Appeals Court Vacates Denial of Class Certification of Lessors to Oil and Gas Leases in Clearfield County

On January 17, 2017, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania vacated a trial court’s order denying class certification of two classes of lessors to oil and gas leases covering property in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania in Cardinale v. R.E. Gas Dev., 2017(…)

Court Declares Pennsylvania DEP’s Calculation of Continuing Penalties for “Seemingly Endless” Violations Unlawful under the Clean Streams Law

On January 11, 2017, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court held Section 301 of the Clean Streams Law “is a provision that prohibits acts or omissions resulting in the initial active discharge or entry of industrial waste into waters of the Commonwealth(…)

Shell Officially Announces it will Build Ethane Cracker Plant in Beaver County, PA

After first acquiring an option agreement in 2012 for a 340-acre site, and then purchasing the site in 2014, Shell Chemical Appalachia has officially announced that it will build a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker plant on the site of the former Ho(…)

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(…)

Court Requires $5.69 Million Bond For Objector To Well Pad To Move Forward With Appeal

Babst Calland represents an oil and gas operator in Lycoming County, PA, where a recent court order requires an objector to a well pad to post a $5.69 million bond in order to move forward with a land use appeal.  The basic facts of the case are descr(…)

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(…)

Energy Transfer Partners to Invest $1.5 Billion for Marcellus Shale Midstream Project in Pennsylvania

Energy Transfer Partners LP announced that it will invest $1.5 billion for a new pipeline system and processing facilities to serve the Marcellus Shale in and around Butler County, Pennsylvania.  The new facilities are expected to be operational by mi(…)

CONSOL Energy Earns CSSD Certification For Appalachian Basin Operations

The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), a collaborative of environmental organizations and energy companies that encourages responsible practices in development of shale gas resources in the Appalachian region, and CONSOL Energy, Inc. eac(…)

Constitution Pipeline Can Be Built Across Holdout Properties reports that the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently ruled that the Constitution Pipeline can be built across seven northeastern Pennsylvania properties despite the fact that the respective landowners had n(…)

Third Circuit Affirms Decision to Dismiss Doctor's Act 13 Challenge

In a recent non-precedential opinion, the Third Circuit affirmed a decision of the Middle District of Pennsylvania dismissing an action on the basis that a doctor lacked standing to challenge what he refers to as the “Medical Gag Rules” of Act 13.  In(…)

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(…)

American Energy Partners, LP Affiliates Combining to Streamline E&P

American Energy Partners, LP (“AEP”) announced yesterday that its affiliates, American Energy-Utica, LLC (“AEU”) and American Energy – Marcellus, LLC (“AEM”) are combining in an all-stock transaction to form American Energy Appalachian Holdings, LLC ((…)

FERC Approves Additional Pipeline Expansion to Transport Marcellus Gas

StateImpact reported that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently approved an addition to the interstate Transco pipeline that will transport Marcellus shale gas to New Jersey, where there is a high demand.  The approval comes after several(…)

Southwestern And DTE Energy Sign Deal To Expand Bluestone Gathering System

Southwestern Energy Company and Detroit-based DTE Energy Company have made a deal to expand DTE’s natural gas gathering system in Susquehanna County, PA by 50%. The Bluestone Gathering System delivers gas from the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania throu(…)

UGI Utilities Connects a Utica Well to its Distribution System

According to a report published by Pennsylvania Business Daily, Reading-based UGI Utilities, Inc. recently became Pennsylvania’s first natural gas utility to connect one of its pipelines to a Utica Shale well, thereby increasing the supply of natural(…)

Sunoco Moves Forward With Marcellus/Utica Pipeline

Fox Business reported that Sunoco Logistics Partners will invest $2.5 billion in the Mariner East 2 pipeline, which will carry natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays to an East Coast port. Mariner East 2 will connect processing p(…)

Unconventional Well Report Act Signed Into Law

On October 22, 2014, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 2278, The Unconventional Well Report Act, into law. The Act requires operators of unconventional wells to submit monthly production reports to the Department of Environmental Pro(…)

Recording of Surrender Documents from Oil and Natural Gas Lease Act Signed Into Law

On October 22, 2014, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 402, also known as the Recording of Surrender Documents from Oil and Natural Gas Lease Act, into law.  The Act imposes a duty on a lessee to deliver a surrender document to a les(…)

Mountaineer Keystone LLC finalizes acquisition of PDC Mountaineer LLC

As reported by the Pittsburgh Business Times on October 15, 2014, Wexford-based Marcellus driller Mountaineer Keystone LLC has finalized its acquisition of joint-venture partner PDC Mountaineer LLC for a reported sale price of $500 million. PDC Mounta(…)

Southwestern Energy to Acquire 413,000 Acres in West Virginia and Pennsylvania from Chesapeake Energy

Southwestern Energy Co. announced that it has signed a deal to acquire 413,000 net acres in West Virginia and Pennsylvania from Chesapeake Energy Corp. for $5.375 billion, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times.  This acquisition includes 256 producing(…)

FERC Gives Approval for East Coast LNG Export Project

The Economic Times and other news sources are reporting that the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a permit for Dominion Resources to operate the first natural gas liquefaction plant on the east coast.  Dominion’s Cove Point plan(…)

Natural Gas Liquids Provide Economic Opportunities

PowerSource of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette provided commentary discussing future economic opportunities regarding natural gas liquids (NGLs).  Olefins plants or cracker facilities transform NGLs into products that are used in many industrial and consu(…)

Spectra Energy Corporation and Northeast Utilities Propose $3 Billion “Access Northeast” Pipeline Expansion Project

As reported on, Spectra Energy Corporation, a Houston-based pipeline operator, and Northeast Utilities, a Connecticut-based utility provider, have partnered in proposing a $3 billion pipeline expansion that will increase natural gas supp(…)

Colleges in Western PA Offer Programs Geared Toward Energy Industry

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that colleges located in Western Pennsylvania are creating programs to prepare students for jobs in the energy industry.  For example, Kennedy Township’s Rosedale Technical Institute (soon to be re-named Rosedale(…)

West Virginia Officials Seeking Bids to Drill Under Ohio River

As reported by the West Virginia Press Association, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (“DNR”) is seeking bids for natural gas drilling on state-owned land under the Ohio River. A legal notice published on Friday, August 22 indicates that(…)

Oil And Gas Bringing People And Jobs To The Region

Thanks in large part to the oil and gas industry, western Pennsylvania is experiencing a boom in job growth which is bringing young and talented individuals to the region.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pennsylvania’s oil and natur(…)

Indian Firm Plans To Export Ethane From Marcellus Shale Fields

According to the Tribune Review, Reliance Industries, an Indian conglomerate with ties to the Marcellus Shale, plans to ship 1.5 million tons of ethane annually from the United States. Reliance has invested with Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc. and Chevron in(…)

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(…)

Rice Energy to Acquire Wells and Acreage in Greene County

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that Rice Energy Inc. is acquiring 12 wells and 22,000 net acres in Greene County, Pennsylvania from Chesapeake Energy Inc.  Seven of the wells are currently producing and the five other wells are being developed,(…)

Warren Resources to Acquire Marcellus Assets

Warren Resources has executed a purchase and sale agreement to acquire Marcellus shale assets from Citrus Energy Corporation and two other working interest owners, reports Shale Energy Insider.  The acquired assets, located in Wyoming County, Pennsylv(…)

Energy Transfer Partners Approves Construction of New Marcellus/Utica Pipeline

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.’s board of directors has approved the construction of a new pipeline to transport gas to markets in the United States and Canada. The pipeline’s capacity is proposed to transport 2.2 billion cubic feet per day and may be(…)

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(…)

Volume 1 of Marcellus and Utica Shale Databook Released

PRWeb announced that Marcellus Drilling News and ShaleNavigator have released the first volume of a three part series of the 2014 Marcellus and Utica Shale Databook, an in-depth research report geared towards those with a stake in oil and natural gas(…)

Winners Of Shale Gas Innovation Contest Chosen

As reported by The Times-Tribune in Scranton, four winners were chosen in the 3rd Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest.  The winners were KCF Technologies, Inc., NG Innovations, Inc., OPTIMUM Pumping Technology, and TM Industrial Supply, and each recei(…)

Natural Gas Fueled Powerplant Planned for Marshall County, West Virginia

Plans by Moundsville Power LLC to build a natural gas power plant were approved by members of the Marshall County Commission on April 22, 2014.  The proposed 549 megawatt natural gas power plant is considered the first “downstream” project of its kind(…)

Utica and Marcellus to Provide Gas to TransCanada's ANR Pipeline

TransCanada Corporation’s ANR Pipeline system has secured nearly 2.0 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas transportation commitments for the movement of oil and gas produced from the Utica and Marcellus formations through its Southeast Main Line.(…)

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(…)

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(…)

Pennsylvania Proposed Legislation Encourages Re-Use Of Mine Influenced Water

On January 13th, the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of a senate bill that encourages oil and gas operators to re-use mine-influenced water for hydraulic fracturing.  Senator Kasunic (D-Fayette/Somerset) re-introduced the b(…)

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(…)

CONSOL Will Utilize Electric Engines For Airport Drilling

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that CONSOL Energy Inc. will use electric engines when it drills at the Pittsburgh International Airport.  On Tuesday December 17, the Findlay Township Planning Commission gave an affirmative recommendation to app(…)

Rice Energy Takes Steps Towards Initial Public Offering

The Pittsburgh Business Times reported yesterday that Rice Energy Inc. is planning for an initial public offering sometime during the first quarter of 2014.  Rice confirmed that it filed a Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Pipelin(…)

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill Limiting Federal Regulations on Hydraulic Fracturing

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill prohibiting the Interior Department from enforcing regulations on hydraulic fracturing in any state that already has regulations in place. The bill recognizes the states’ authority to regulate hydraulic(…)

MarkWest Energy and Kinder Morgan Inc. Plan to Transport Marcellus and Utica Shale Gas to Gulf Coast

As reported by The Intelligencer, MarkWest Energy and Kinder Morgan Inc. are planning to convert 1,000 miles of pipeline connecting Pennsylvania and Louisiana to allow Marcellus and Utica Shale gas to be transported to the Gulf Coast.  The project is(…)

Barge Waste Transportation Proposal Open for Public Comment

The United States Coast Guard is accepting public comments on a proposal that would allow wastewater from hydraulic fracturing to be transported on barges using the Ohio River.  According to the Coast Guard there is commercial interest in transporting(…)

Workforce West Virginia Investment Council Reports Rise in Oil and Gas Employment

Workforce West Virginia Investment Council has released findings that cite a 20 percent jump in oil and gas industry employment last year, the West Virginia Gazette reports. During the same period, the average wage for workers in the industry has also(…)

Devon and Crosstex Plan New Midstream Business

Devon Energy Corporation, Crosstex Energy, Inc. and Crosstex Energy, L.P. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine midstream assets, including gathering and transportation pipelines, gas processing, fractionation and log(…)

Marcellus Shale Coalition Names David Spigelmeyer As New President

The Marcellus Shale Coalition announced today that David Spigelmyer has been named as the organization’s new president.  Mr. Spigelmyer will assume the position effective Monday.  The Wall Street Journal reports that Mr. Spigelmyer is a former Chesape(…)

Marcellus Shale Coalition Releases Guidance On Drilling And Completion Phases

The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) announced that it has updated its recommended practices to include the Drilling and Completions phases of natural gas exploration. These recommendations cover a wide range of topics with regard to bringing a well in(…)

Group Contemplates City Of Philadelphia Pipeline Construction Project

Steered by an executive of Philadelphia Energy Solutions, a group of business and political leaders is discussing the extent to which a natural gas pipeline can be constructed that would connect the natural gas fields of the Marcellus Shale to the Cit(…)

Smaller Companies Using Marcellus Technology In Shallow Well Drilling

Utilizing technologies that created the Marcellus Shale boom in Western Pennsylvania, smaller operators in the region are beginning to rework their shallow wells, as well as drill new ones, to explore and produce shallower formations. Rather than dril(…)

Ohio Business Turns Drill Cuttings into Clean Fill Dirt

In one example of how development of the Utica and Marcellus shale formations are contributing to the Ohio economy, one expanding business has recently been awarded approval to use microbes to rehabilitate soil contaminated by petroleum products.  Lon(…)

Fourth Circuit Upholds Chesapeake Ruling Regarding Waste Pits

On September 4, 2013, in the case of Whiteman v. Chesapeake Appalachia, L. L. C. (2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 18359 (4th Cir. W. va. 2013)), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a District Court ruling from the Northern District o(…)

Consol Energy Releases Detailed Plans For Drilling At Pittsburgh International Airport

Consol Energy, Inc., the local energy company that was granted a lease covering the Allegheny County Airport Authority’s nearly 9,300 acres in Moon and Findlay Townships, announced preliminary plans to drill 47 horizontal wells from six well pads, wit(…)

Shell Solicits Bids For Ethane From Proposed Cracker Plant

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Shell Chemical, a division of Royal Dutch Shell, has begun to solicit ethane commitments from Marcellus Shale operators for its proposed Beaver County, Pennsylvania cracker plant.  The company has already secur(…)

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(…)

Natural Gas Drilling Operations Commence in West Virginia Wildlife Preserve

According to the Charleston Gazette, the Lewis Wetzel Wildlife Management Area in Wetzel County is now contains several natural gas drilling operations by various companies operating in the State of West Virginia.  The Lewis Wetzel Wildlife Management(…)

Meeting Set to Discuss Issues with Land Records Searches Overwhelming Tyler County, WV Courthouse

The Republic reports that a public meeting has been scheduled for July 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tyler County courthouse to discuss issues with land records searches in the county.  Currently, only 16 people at one time are able to enter the records vaul(…)

Marcellus Shale Drilling Results in Lower Gas Bills for Pennsylvania Consumers

The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that UGI Penn Natural Gas customers continue to pay one-third less to heat their homes than they paid five years ago.  According to the Marcellus Shale Coalition, this is a nationwide trend.  The lower rates are a di(…)

Bluegrass Pipeline to Connect Utica and Marcellus Gas Fields with Gulf Coast

The Akron Beacon Journal has profiled the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline, a proposed pipeline that would deliver gas from the Utica and Marcellus gas fields to processing facilities on the gulf coast.  The pipeline would be constructed by Williams and Pi(…)

Maryland Releases Draft Marcellus Best Practices Report

The Maryland Departments of the Environment (MDE) and Natural Resources (MDNR) recently released a draft report on recommended best practices for Marcellus Shale development in Maryland, pursuant to Maryland’s Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative.(…)

Big Pine Gathering System Initiates Service

As indicated in a recent press release, NiSource Midstream Services has initiated service on the Big Pine Gathering System in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  The system, which spans 57 miles in total length, will transport natural gas from Marcellus Shale(…)

Pennsylvania PUC releases 2012 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Allocations

Natural gas producers will pay $202.47 million in Marcellus Shale impact fees from 2012 activity, according to a June 13, 2013 Pennsylvania PUC press release.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the number is down less than 1 percent from the $2(…)

Pennant's Gas Facility, Pipeline Under Development

Pennant Midstream, a joint venture between NiSource Midstream Services and Hilcorp Energy Co., will build a processing facility and a new pipeline as part of its $300 million project to serve the Utica and Marcellus shale plays in Ohio and Pennsylvani(…)

New Oil and Gas Training Center Announced

On May 29, 2013, WV Governor Ray Tomblin announced the establishment of the Appalachian Petroleum Technology Training Center, which will include joint programs hosted by West Virginia Northern Community College and Pierpont Community and Technical Col(…)

District Court Delays Submission of Reasonable Surface Use Issue to WVSCA

Last month District Court Judge Irene Keeley, sitting in the Northern District of West Virginia, sought to have the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals (WVSCA) rule upon whether West Virginia law permits a natural gas producer to use a surface owne(…)

Anadarko And Southwestern Energy Negotiating With DCNR To Drill In Loyalsock State Park

NPR reports that two producers and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) are negotiating the right to access sub-surface gas deposits in the Loyalsock State Forest.  The Loyalsock State Forest consists of about 100,000 acres and(…)

WV Producer’s Operations Achieve ISO 14001 Certification

As profiled in an article by Pam Kasey in the West Virginia State Journal, Charleston-based Appalachian Basin natural gas operator Triana Energy, LLC has meet the stringent environmental standards required to achieve ISO 14001 certification.  To achie(…)

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(…)

West Virginia Federal Court Upholds Oil & Gas Lease Terms

On February 8, 2013, federal District Court Judge John Preston Bailey struck down a lawsuit attempting to void an oil and gas lease agreement.  The lessors argued that the lease should be voided based upon an inconsistency in the “commencement” date i(…)

Marcellus Shale Now Largest Gas Play in the US, IHS Reports

The Marcellus shale play reached a production rate of more than 7 billion cubic feet per day, making it the largest gas-producing play in the United States, IHS reports. This is despite the fact that due to low natural gas prices, the number of active(…)

ECA to Build New Regional Headquarters

According to the Charleston Gazette, Denver-based Energy Corporation of America (ECA) will build a three-story office building Northgate Business Park in Charleston. The building will have more than 5,000 square feet of space and house 100-200 employe(…)

Columbia Gas Submits Plans for $210 Million Pipeline Expansion in Eastern PA

As a result of the booming gas market in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale, Columbia Gas Transmission Group submitted plans Monday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a $210 million expansion to its Philadelphia network, the Philadel(…)

FirstEnergy Looks to Shale Energy to Lead a "Manufacturing Renaissance"

FirstEnergy Corp. believes demand for power may increase quickly in the near future if shale gas development from the Marcellus and Utica shale spark a “manufacturing renaissance.”  Chief Financial Officer James Pearson recently told analysts that he(…)

Pennsylvania Gas Production on the Rise

Despite a drop in the number of rigs within the Commonwealth, the Pocono Record reports that Pennsylvania gas production doubled in 2012. In 2011, there were 110 drilling rigs in Pennsylvania. That number dropped to 84 in 2012. Despite this, Pennsylva(…)

Chesapeake Energy Offers Estimate of Production from Ohio Wells

Chesapeake Energy, the No. 1 driller in Ohio’s Utica Shale formation, projected an estimated ultimate recovery (EUR) of 5 billion to 10 billion cubic feet of equivalents over the lifetime of each of its wells drilled into the Utica Shale in Carroll Co(…)

Foundation Awards $1 Million Grant for Drilling Health Study

Geisinger Health Systems has announced that it was awarded a $1 million grant by the Degenstein Foundation to study health impacts of Marcellus shale drilling. The grant funds are expected to be primarily used to create data-gathering infrastructure,(…)

New CNG Conversion Facility Announced for Morgantown

INNOVA Commercialization Group, a West Virginia early-stage investment program, has announced that it will provide financing to Alternative Fuel Solutions of West Virginia, LLC for the construction of a facility in Morgantown that will convert afterma(…)

Report Estimates $10 Trillion Dollars in New Economic Activity in Shale States

West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York could benefit from more than $10 trillion dollars in new economic activity as a result of the full development of the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, according to an analysis from New York-based Kroll Bo(…)

UGI, Tenaska Resources Partner to Develop Marcellus Shale Acreage

UGI Corporation has announced that it has partnered with Tenaska Resources LLC, an affiliate of independent energy company Tenaska, to jointly develop in the Marcellus Shale region, as reported by the Oil & Gas Financial Journal. Starting in late(…)

CONSOL Energy Announces Plans for Utica and Marcellus Drilling in 2013

CONSOL Energy Inc. announced today that it expects to invest $835 – $935 million in its gas operation in 2013.  According to a press release from CONSOL, (i) an estimated $160 million will be used to maintain production; (ii) $600 million will be used(…)

Joint Venture Formed to Drill Marcellus and Utica Wells in Ohio

Triad Hunter LLC, a subsidiary of Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., and Eclipse Resources I LP, of State College, PA, have formed a joint venture in order to develop 1,950 mineral acres in Monroe County, OH.  Triad, as operator, will drill a total of 24(…)

Shell Signs Six-Month Extension to Buy Land for Cracker Plant

Royal Dutch Shell plc and Horshead Corp. agreed to a six-month extension for Shell to acquire land for a proposed cracker plant that it is considering building in Beaver County.  Shell had a December 31, 2012, deadline to buy the land in Center and Po(…)

Ohio Rail Line to Serve Oil & Gas Industry

Hannibal Real Estate of White Plains, NY, and Carload Express of Oakmont, PA, plan to revive a 12 mile rail line serving Hannibal Industrial Park in Monroe County, OH.  The partners hope the rail line, known as the Ohio Terminal Railway Co., will attr(…)

Statoil ASA Acquires Additional Acreage in Marcellus Shale States

Stat Oil ASA, Norway’s largest oil and gas producer, has acquired approximately 70,000 acres of shale gas acreage in Marcellus states, including West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, for $590 million according to Fox Business News. With the finalizati(…)

MarkWest Commences Operations in Mobley Gas Plant

MarkWest Energy Partners announced that it has commenced operations in its Mobley Gas Processing Plant in Wetzel County, West Virginia, according to Energy Business Review. The plant is the first of three gas processing plants in the U. S. planned by(…)

Act 13 Impact Fee Revenues Announced

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and Governor Tom Corbett announced yesterday that Pennsylvania’s Act 13 impact fees have generated $204.2 million in revenue through October 15, 2012. $108.7 million dollars will be distributed directly to lo(…)

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(…)

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(…)