Pennsylvania PUC Clarifies Issues Surrounding Impact Fees

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) voted unanimously on Thursday to clarify several portions of Act 13, the state’s omnibus Marcellus Shale law, as to how it pertains to levying an unconventional natural gas drilling impact fee.

December 21, 2012

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Hears Marcellus Property Rights Case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this week in a controversial mineral rights case that could have enormous implications over ownership rights in the Marcellus Shale.

October 18, 2012

These Artists Don’t Like Fracking

She was blamed by many for breaking up The Beatles, and what John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono and his son Sean Lennon are trying to do to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) won’t endear her to oil and gas producers either.

August 30, 2012

Range Lawsuit Against Texas Couple Proceeding

A lawsuit filed by Range Resources Corp. against a Texas couple that accused the company of contaminating its drinking water may proceed, said the Texas Second District Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, which found that the lawsuit does not run afoul of a state law against litigation intended to stifle public protest.

August 29, 2012

ATP Cites Macondo Blowout, Moratorium in Bankruptcy Filing

ATP Oil & Gas Corp. on Friday said it has filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas “to undertake a comprehensive financial restructuring.”

August 20, 2012

Industry Brief

The backer of a bid to hike the severance tax levied on natural gas producers operating in Arkansas last week submitted 69,717 signatures to a petition to get the initiative placed on the November ballot. Former gas utility executive Sheffield Nelson needed to gather 62,507 signatures. The signatures gathered have not yet been reviewed and could be challenged. Nelson wants to hike the severance tax to 7% from the current range of 1.25-5%. His opponents include energy industry members as well as the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and anti-tax hike group Arkansas for Jobs and Affordable Energy. Nelson, a Republican who was a chairman of Arkla Inc. and a two-time gubernatorial candidate, is the leader of the Committee for a Fair Severance Tax (see Shale Daily, June 29).

July 10, 2012

Another ‘Public Utility’ Gathering Plan Abandoned in Pennsylvania

Peregrine Keystone Gas Pipeline LLC has abandoned its plans for a gathering system in the Marcellus Shale of southwest Pennsylvania, the final chapter in the efforts of three companies that had sought public utility status for projects in the state.

June 15, 2012

Appeals Court Rejects Attempt to Block MARC I Hub Project

A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied a petition by environmental groups seeking to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline that would traverse three counties in the heart of Marcellus Shale country in northern Pennsylvania.

June 13, 2012

Industry Urges Obama to Oppose Fracking Barriers

It’s all about not standing in the way of cheap energy, economic growth, jobs and energy security, according to more than 100 groups representing U.S. industry, from North Dakota grain growers to Dow Chemical to the Ohio Bowling Association, that petitioned Tuesday to keep the federal government from erecting barriers to hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

September 22, 2011

EPA Emissions-Reporting Rule Challenged in Federal Court

A major interstate natural gas pipeline association has filed a petition in federal court challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule mandating the reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

February 7, 2011
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