California Lawmakers Consider Fracking Moratorium

A proposal to place a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in California (AB 972) passed out of a state senate committee Tuesday and is headed for further consideration, but the bill faces stiff opposition by industry.

June 28, 2012

Governor Signs Ohio’s New Frack Rules Into Law

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed an energy bill that enjoyed bipartisan support in the General Assembly and creates new rules for hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

June 14, 2012

Two Board Members Ousted from Chesapeake

Chesapeake Energy Corp. shareholders jettisoned two board members up for reelection and approved three shareholder-initiated resolutions at the company’s annual meeting in Oklahoma City, signaling a turning point for the operator’s corporate governance and likely for the future of CEO Aubrey McClendon.

June 11, 2012

Industry Brief

Colorado lawmakers have passed HB 1258 by a vote of 95-3. The legislation would make it easier for retail outlets to provide natural gas, propane and electric vehicle fueling. The bill, which was sent to Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is expected to sign it in May, would allow retailers to sell the three alternative vehicle fuels without Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) scrutiny. Electric vehicle recharging and liquefied natural gas fueling fell under PUC oversight; however, the other two fuels (compressed natural gas and propane) did not.

April 27, 2012

Illinois Fracking Law Moving Faster than Shale Rush

Betting that a shale gas industry may develop in the state in the future, the Illinois Senate on Thursday passed 54-0 a measure (SB 3280) to regulate hydraulic fracturing (fracking), which would require the disclosure of chemicals used in fracking operations.

April 27, 2012

Translating Pennsylvania Drilling Law Into Plain English

When the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Act 13, its omnibus Marcellus Shale law, in February, it marked the end of three years of legislative wrangling and the beginning of a period of legal interpretation.

April 24, 2012

Pennsylvania Judge Delays Portions of Marcellus Law

A Pennsylvania judge last week pushed back the start date for portions of a recently passed Marcellus Shale law to give local governments more time to adopt its standardized zoning measures, but his ruling questioned the idea that the entire law is unconstitutional.

April 16, 2012

Oil & Gas Industry Fires Back on Pennsylvania Act 13 Challenge

A collection of companies and industry groups have asked to intervene in a lawsuit filed by seven Pennsylvania municipalities against recently passed shale legislation.

April 10, 2012

House Bill Exempts End-Users from Margin Requirements

The House last week overwhelmingly passed legislation to exempt commercial end-users from margin requirements and ease regulations for affiliate transactions.

April 2, 2012

House Adopts Bill Exempting End-Users from Margin Requirements

The House Monday overwhelmingly passed two bills that would exempt commercial end-users from margin requirements and ease regulations for affiliate transactions.

March 28, 2012