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Any Month is One Month for Strippers

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In its decision of Snyder Brothers, Inc. v. Public Utility Comm’n, 1175 C.D. 2015 (Mar. 29, 2017), the Commonwealth Court was asked to determine the meaning of the term “any” as it applied to stripper wells and the payment of impact fees.  A stripper well is defined as an “unconventional gas well incapable of producing… Continue Reading

Regulation of Shale Drilling Recently Changed to Comply with Act 13

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On Saturday, October 8, 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection enacted its new regulations covering unconventional natural gas well pad development.  The new regulations include area of review requirements to protect public resources (which may apply to wells located near schools, playgrounds and parks), stronger water supply restoration standards, the development and maintenance of… Continue Reading

PA Supreme Court Invalidates More of Act 13

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With the support of its recently elected justices, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in an opinion issued on September 28, 2016, held four provisions of Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Act (also known as Act 13) to be unconstitutional.  In addressing the severability of various provisions of Act 13, and emboldened by its 2014 plurality decision (which… Continue Reading

Good News for Pennsylvania Natural Gas Production

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In its 2015 Oil and Gas Annual Report, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Production reported a record 4.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas had been produced from Pennsylvania-based wells.  The annual rate was a bright spot among otherwise precarious news that has overshadowed the Marcellus Shale industry for the previous two years.  However, the… Continue Reading

Second Try for Post-Production Costs Prohibition

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On June 27, 2016, the Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee revived previously introduced legislation designed to clarify that the Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act would provide for a minimum unconventional gas royalty of 12.5% even when post-production costs are applied. The committee voted to send House Bill 1391 to the full House for consideration.  [Link… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Commission Approves Controversial Oil and Gas Regulations

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Despite formal disapproval by Pennsylvania House and Senate Committees, the Commonwealth’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission, on April 21, 2016, in a 3-2 decision, approved contentious oil and gas regulations that the Governor’s Office claims will improve protection of water resources, address landowner concerns, enhance transparency and improve data management.  The regulations include updates to the… Continue Reading

PA Natural Gas Industry Boosts Job Growth

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The Times Leader reports on the job growth created by the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania: In the third quarter of 2014, about 89,314 Commonwealth residents were employed by the natural gas companies, by industry suppliers or by businesses that supply services to gas industry employees, according to the Pennsylvanian Department of Labor and Industry.… Continue Reading

Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites

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The  Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) issued draft revisions of the Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites. According to the DEP’s press release, the specific changes would: • Require operators to demonstrate that streams and wetlands will be protected if the edge of the well pad is within 100 feet of the resource,… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Imposes Moratorium on Drilling on State Lands

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From the Star Gazette:  “Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an order Thursday banning new drilling leases on public land, ending a short-lived effort by his Republican predecessor to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep beneath state parks and forests. * * * Corbett’s order [also] authorized state officials… Continue Reading

PA: Court Finds State Oil and Gas Revenue Allocated to PA General Fund Constitutional

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Recently the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania announced its holding in Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Governor of Pennsylvania, Thomas W. Corbett, Jr., in his official Capacity as Governor.  The court found against the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation and upheld the state legislature’s ability to appropriate revenue resulting from oil and gas… Continue Reading

Shale Boom Not Slowing Down Despite Price Slump

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From Bloomberg: "The U.S. shale boom does not appear to be slowing in response to the oil-price slump, with the country’s output of petroleum liquids rising above 12 million barrels a day for the first time, according to the International Energy Agency. U.S. production of crude oil, condensate and natural gas liquids climbed to 12.2… Continue Reading

Marcellus Shale Created 45,0000 Construction Jobs According to New Study

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A new study commissioned by the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee found that the Marcellus shale play created over 45,000 construction jobs between 2008 through the first half of 2014. The study concludes that: A preliminary examination of employment data in states related to the Marcellus Shale Play (i.e., Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia)… Continue Reading

Dominion Proposes New Pipeline Project

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Federal regulators have been asked for permission by a unit of Dominion Resources to build a $40.6 million natural gas pipeline to transport gas through western Pennsylvania to retail markets.  Looks like the throughput will be 57 MMcfd.… Continue Reading

New Marcellus Shale Estimate

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This is a large increase:  A Penn State University geoscientist estimates that there may be more than  360 Tcf of natural gas recoverable in the Marcellus Shale.  This is seven times greater than his earlier estimate.… Continue Reading