Appellate

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects MATS Appeal

In a decision that creates an unusual victory for both the Obama administration and the natural gas industry, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a long-running request by 24 states and various energy and business groups to overturn a rule limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants.

June 13, 2016
Pennsylvania Court Rules Residential Zones Compatible With Oil/Gas Drilling

Pennsylvania Court Rules Residential Zones Compatible With Oil/Gas Drilling

A Pennsylvania appellate court has upheld a conditional use permit issued by a township in Lycoming County to allow natural gas drilling to go forward in a residential area there. The key ruling finds that such operations are compatible with local residential zoning.

September 15, 2015

Appeals Judges Quiz FERC on Futures Market Authority

During oral arguments last Thursday, two out of three appellate court judges appeared to challenge FERC’s claim of authority to prosecute alleged manipulation in the natural gas futures market.

February 11, 2013

Appeals Judges Quiz FERC on Futures Market Authority

During oral arguments Thursday, two out of three appellate court judges appeared to challenge FERC’s claim of authority to prosecute alleged manipulation in the natural gas futures market.

February 11, 2013

Pennsylvania Appellate Court Sides with Newspapers

An appellate court in Pennsylvania on Friday ordered a lower court to reconsider a request by two newspapers to have court records in a water contamination case unsealed.

December 11, 2012

CFTC Has Choice of Appealing or Starting Over on Position Limit Rule

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Monday would not say whether it plans to appeal the appellate court decision tossing out the agency’s rule on limiting speculative trading, but some in industry are keeping their fingers crossed that the CFTC will take another route: start all over again on the rule.

October 2, 2012

Ohio Groups Would Reinstate Local Rules for Oil/Gas Drilling

A coalition of grassroots organizations in Ohio has started a campaign to restore local governments’ ability to regulate oil and natural gas drilling, a “home rule” power that could potentially be used by opponents of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to ban the practice in their communities.

September 5, 2012

Pennsylvania Asks State Supreme Court to Expedite Act 13 Appeal

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is asking the state Supreme Court to expedite its appeal of an appellate court ruling that said portions of Act 13, the state’s new omnibus Marcellus Shale law, are unconstitutional.

August 1, 2012

Pennsylvania Asks State Supreme Court to Expedite Act 13 Appeal

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is asking the state Supreme Court to expedite its appeal of an appellate court ruling that said portions of Act 13, the state’s new omnibus Marcellus Shale law, are unconstitutional.

August 1, 2012

Pennsylvania Court Ruling Backs Compressor Stations

An appellate court in Pennsylvania has ruled that compressor stations fit the legal definition of “gas production” and therefore can’t be banned by localities where other aspects of natural gas production are already permitted.

May 30, 2012
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