Legislative Update: West Virginia Governor Signs House Bill No. 4091 into Law

On February 17, 2020, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed into law House Bill 4091, allowing for expedited oil and gas well permitting for horizontal wells. Under the bill, which amends W. Va. Code § 22-6A-7, operators may pay an additional fee(…)

PADEP Extends Public Comment Deadline for Draft Air Permits, Revised Exemption List

On February 23, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) announced an extension of the public comment period regarding recently proposed draft general air permits for the oil and natural gas industry.  Comments are now due(…)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Releases Final Pennsylvania General Permit

On May 2, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“USACOE”) released the final Pennsylvania State Programmatic General Permit-5 (“PASPGP-5”).  USACOE administers this permit program jointly with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection(…)

Administrative Watch: Pennsylvania Methane Reduction Strategy Expected to Transform Air Program for Oil and Natural Gas Sector

On January 19, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced a sweeping new regulatory strategy for reducing methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations in the Commonwealth.  Methane, the(…)

Ohio Adopts Horizontal Well Site Construction Rules

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management has adopted rules requiring the approval of plans for horizontal well sites prior to the construction or material modification of the sites.  The rules, codi(…)

Pennsylvania Natural Gas Operator Prevails in Air Aggregation Case

Earlier this week, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania granted a motion for summary judgment in favor of a natural gas operator in a closely-watched case involving air aggregation issues.  In 2011, Citizens for Pennsylvania(…)

W. Va. Permit Transfer Legislation Becomes Effective Law

As reported by the Charleston Gazette on February 4, 2015, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation originally known as Senate Bill 280, which streamlines the transfer process of well work permits to eliminate a requirement that(…)