Supreme Court

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Hear Rule of Capture Appeal

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear what is likely to be a landmark appeal, granting a petition filed by Southwestern Energy Co. that asked the justices to decide whether the rule of capture applies to oil and natural gas produced using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and whether operators can be held liable for subsurface trespass.

November 21, 2018

Oklahoma Supreme Court Tosses Kingfisher County Oil, Gas Wastewater Ordinance

Oklahoma regulators have exclusive jurisdiction over all oil and natural gas operations, the state’s high court has ruled, siding against Kingfisher County officials, who had attempted to ban the use of temporary wastewater lines on private property.

November 15, 2018

Brief — Iowa DAPL Challenge

The Iowa Supreme Court is considering oral arguments from landowners and environmental activists attempting to unravel approval by the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) in 2016 for the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is in service and crosses the state. The Grow America’s Infrastructure Now coalition said the IUB conducted 18 public informational meetings and 12 days of public hearings on the four-state, multi-billion dollar oil pipeline owned and operated by Energy Transfer Partners LP. Supporters expect the state high court to reaffirm lower court rulings that rejected challenges to the pipeline.

September 13, 2018

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Narrowly Rules to Toss Permit for NatGas Wells in Residential Area

Two families that have fought for years to stop Inflection Energy LLC from drilling several wells near their homes in northeast Pennsylvania won a victory last week when the state Supreme Court found that the company failed to prove oil and gas development is similar to other uses authorized in a residential-agricultural (R-A) zoning district.

June 4, 2018
Colorado Supreme Court Agrees to Examine State’s Energy Regulation Criteria

Colorado Supreme Court Agrees to Examine State’s Energy Regulation Criteria

After a lower court ruled against the oil and natural gas industry last year, the Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to examine how public health and environmental protections are weighed in decisions by state energy regulators.

February 1, 2018
Constitution Taking Natural Gas Pipeline Fight to U.S. Supreme Court

Constitution Taking Natural Gas Pipeline Fight to U.S. Supreme Court

Constitution Pipeline Co. LLC is refusing to back down in its saga to get its beleaguered 124-mile natural gas pipeline approved and has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling in August against the project.

January 18, 2018

West Virginia Landowners Ask Supreme Court to Hear NatGas Royalties Case

A group of West Virginia landowners has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a May opinion by the state’s highest court that found natural gas producers can deduct post-production costs from royalty payments.

September 14, 2017

State Supreme Court Rules Against Texas Town Over Barnett Midstream Emissions

The Supreme Court of Texas has reversed a court of appeals’ judgment, finding that the town of DISH, TX, and its residents waited too long to file their lawsuit against several midstream energy companies, and reinstated a trial court’s previous take-nothing judgment.

May 24, 2017

Chesapeake Owes Bondholders Under 2015 Ruling After Supreme Court Rejects Case

A 2015 court decision ordering Chesapeake Energy Corp. to pay more than $400 million in a bond dispute is officially in full effect after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the company’s appeal this week.

April 26, 2017

Bank Responds as Chesapeake Petitions Supreme Court Over Bond Dispute

The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to again reject Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s efforts to avoid paying investors more than $400 million in a four-year-old bond dispute.

March 29, 2017