The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear what is likely to be a landmark appeal, granting a petition filed by Southwestern Energy Co. that asked the justices to decide whether the rule of capture applies to oil and natural gas produced using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and whether operators can be held liable for subsurface trespass.
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The Texas Supreme Court has denied a request for a rehearing by Chesapeake Energy Corp. regarding a closely watched case that awarded a Fort Worth, TX family at least $1 million in royalties, interest and attorneys’ fees for natural gas wells drilled in the Barnett Shale. The denial effectively brings the case to an end.
The Obama administration joined a coalition of environmental groups in filing an appeal over a federal judge’s ruling in September to block rules governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public and tribal lands from taking effect.
Another Pennsylvania judge has upheld a local zoning ordinance that allows natural gas drilling in residential/agricultural districts, rejecting a challenge from residents and environmental groups that argued the areas are not suitable for such development.
In another land-use victory for Denver-based Inflection Energy LLC and other Pennsylvania shale drillers, a common pleas court judge has ordered a drilling opponent to post a nearly $6 million bond to proceed with an appeal against the company’s development plans.
Pittsburgh-based EQT Corp. is again fighting the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) over an order the agency issued last month to restore or replace water that was allegedly contaminated years ago by its drilling operations in Greene County.
After months of deliberation and public hearings, a western Pennsylvania township zoning board rejected an appeal from two environmental organizations and four local residents to stop Rex Energy Corp. from proceeding with a five-well pad near a school.
In a surprise move, Sue Ann Arnall, the ex-wife of oil baron Harold Hamm, has reportedly cashed a handwritten alimony check for nearly $1 billion.
For the second time in six months, an environmental group in Pennsylvania has made an appeal to the state’s Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) to challenge a permit issued to a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for a well in Lycoming County.
A federal district judge last Saturday rejected a bid by SandRidge Energy Inc. to dismiss an investor lawsuit that claims the Oklahoma City operator provided misleading information regarding natural gas drilling programs.