Courts

Sunoco Cleared to Restart Mariner East Work in Pennsylvania After Appeal Granted

Sunoco Cleared to Restart Mariner East Work in Pennsylvania After Appeal Granted

An administrative law judge has allowed Sunoco Pipeline LP to resume horizontal directional drilling (HDD) on a stretch of its Mariner East pipeline system in southeast Pennsylvania, overturning an order from state regulators that stopped construction last week. Sunoco appealed the order to the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB), which oversees decisions made by the…

August 27, 2020
DAPL Awaiting Appeals Court Decision on Operations Status

DAPL Awaiting Appeals Court Decision on Operations Status

It’s now a waiting game for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) after both sides in the oil pipeline’s ongoing legal battle have had their say regarding the motion to stay a lower court’s order to temporarily shut and empty the system. In a filing Thursday (July 23) in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the…

July 27, 2020
Natural Gas Pipeline Companies Charged in Pennsylvania Grand Jury Investigation

Natural Gas Pipeline Companies Charged in Pennsylvania Grand Jury Investigation

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s (AG) Office has charged a National Fuel Gas Co. subsidiary and a subcontractor with environmental crimes as part of a two-year grand jury investigation into unconventional natural gas development.  Southeast Directional Drilling and National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. were charged. Evidence obtained by the grand jury revealed that a “small leak”…

July 23, 2020
Louisiana Property Owners Awarded Larger Payout in Court Fight Against Bayou Bridge

Louisiana Property Owners Awarded Larger Payout in Court Fight Against Bayou Bridge

Louisiana landowners involved in a lawsuit over the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP), the last segment of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline system (DAPL), were awarded a larger payout after an appeals court reversed a ruling. In his decision on Thursday, Judge Jonathan Perry of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third in Louisiana said…

July 20, 2020
Court Blocks Trump Effort to Rescind Obama-Era Methane Rule

Court Blocks Trump Effort to Rescind Obama-Era Methane Rule

A federal judge has vacated the Trump administration’s attempt to rescind an Obama-era rule governing associated natural gas flaring and venting on public and tribal lands, citing “myriad inadequacies” on which the rescission was based, including violating National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations.  A coalition of environmental and citizens’ groups had argued that the move…

July 16, 2020
Energy Transfer Not Yet Shutting Down Dakota Access Crude Pipeline as it Renews Stay Request

Energy Transfer Not Yet Shutting Down Dakota Access Crude Pipeline as it Renews Stay Request

Energy Transfer LP has “not yet taken any steps to begin shutting down” the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) in light of an order by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to temporarily halt operations and empty the 1,172-mile crude oil pipeline while an environmental impact statement (EIS) is completed. Instead, lawyers for…

July 9, 2020
Court Vacates Permits, Orders Dakota Access to Temporarily Shut as Army Corps Prepares EIS

Court Vacates Permits, Orders Dakota Access to Temporarily Shut as Army Corps Prepares EIS

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ordered Energy Transfer LP to temporarily halt operations on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) within the next 30 days while an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the crude oil line is completed. The stoppage order was handed down on Monday when the court vacated the…

July 6, 2020
Despite Recent Victories, New York Natural Gas Pipes Still Facing Fierce Opposition

Despite Recent Victories, New York Natural Gas Pipes Still Facing Fierce Opposition

Opponents are once again lining up to challenge long-pending natural gas pipelines in New York after the projects scored recent victories at both FERC and in the courts, signaling that an uphill battle is still ahead to get the infrastructure in service after years of delays.

March 27, 2019

Democrat to Introduce Bill That Would Change Pennsylvania Stripper Well Definition

A democratic lawmaker in Pennsylvania is drafting legislation that would change state law to more clearly define what constitutes a stripper well, following a ruling last month from the Commonwealth Court that some fear could result in a decline of impact fee revenues.

April 21, 2017

Pennsylvania PUC Wants Stripper Well Language Changed After Court Ruling

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has sided with state regulators, expressing concern about the Commonwealth Court’s decision last month to reverse a Public Utility Commission (PUC) order that would have required an independent oil and natural gas producer to pay nearly $500,000 in impact fee revenue, interest and penalties.

April 18, 2017