Pennsylvania Court Wades Into Injection Well Zoning Fight

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has ruled that a wastewater disposal company was not required to wait to receive federal and state permits to convert a natural gas well into a wastewater injection well before challenging the validity of a local zoning ordinance.

March 11, 2019

Wyoming Supreme Court Backs Landowners on Abandoned CBM Wells Case

The Wyoming Supreme Court last Wednesday sided with two landowners suing to force the cleanup of abandoned coalbed methane (CBM) wells, long a source of contention throughout the state.

December 7, 2015

Smaller Companies Targeting Shallower Appalachia Formations

As the majors and other large oil and gas companies deploy up and down the Marcellus and Utica shales, a handful of smaller companies are targeting shallower formations like the Upper Devonian Shale, using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at less expensive wells to achieve their own measure of success.

October 2, 2013

Pennsylvania Governor Appeals Act 13 Ruling to State Supreme Court

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Friday the state has appealed to the state Supreme Court a ruling by the Commonwealth Court that struck down portions of Act 13, the state’s new omnibus Marcellus Shale law.

July 30, 2012

Pennsylvania Court: Act 13 Zoning Restrictions Unconstitutional

In a 4-3 decision on Thursday, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled that portions of Act 13, the state’s new omnibus Marcellus Shale law, were “unconstitutional, null and void” on the grounds that its limits on local zoning violate municipalities’ right to substantive due process.

July 27, 2012

Pennsylvania Marcellus Law Ruling Expected Within A Month

Attorneys involved with a legal challenge to portions of Act 13, Pennsylvania’s new omnibus Marcellus Shale law, say a decision by the state’s Commonwealth Court could come within a month and will have far-reaching consequences regardless of which way the court rules.

July 16, 2012

Judges Hear Arguments Over Pennsylvania Marcellus Law

A panel of seven Commonwealth Court judges heard oral arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by seven Pennsylvania municipalities and others that claim parts of Act 13, the state’s new omnibus Marcellus Shale law, are unconstitutional.

June 8, 2012