Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Hear Rule of Capture Appeal

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.

November 21, 2018

Texas Supreme Court Denies Chesapeake Request to Rehear Barnett Shale Royalties Lawsuit

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.

February 3, 2016

Interior Appeals Decision to Block Fracking Rules on Federal, Tribal Lands

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.

December 11, 2015

Pennsylvania Court Again Rejects Challenge to Oil/Gas Drilling in Residential Zones

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.

November 25, 2015

PA Court Orders $5M-Plus Bond For Drilling Opponent Appeal to Advance

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.

November 20, 2015

EQT, Pennsylvania DEP At Odds Again Over Alleged Water Contamination

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.

October 16, 2015
Pennsylvania Township Upholds Drilling Ordinance in Key Decision

Pennsylvania Township Upholds Drilling Ordinance in Key Decision

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.

May 29, 2015

Hamm’s Ex-Wife Cashes Alimony Check For Nearly $1B

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.

January 9, 2015
PennFuture Files Second Appeal Over Anadarko Permit in Lycoming County

PennFuture Files Second Appeal Over Anadarko Permit in Lycoming County

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.

August 21, 2014
SandRidge Investor Lawsuit Upheld Concerning Gas Field Misinformation

SandRidge Investor Lawsuit Upheld Concerning Gas Field Misinformation

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.

July 5, 2013
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