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Monthly Archives: April 2016

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Pennsylvania Commission Approves Controversial Oil and Gas Regulations

Posted in Energy
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

Sixth Circuit Denies En Banc Review of WOTUS Jurisdictional Issue

Posted in Energy, Environment
This entry is a follow-up to our blog post on February 23, 2016 regarding the Sixth Circuit’s decision that it has jurisdiction to adjudicate challenges to the EPA-Army Corps WOTUS rule.  On April 21, 2016, the Sixth Circuit denied six petitions for rehearing en banc.  In order to obtain en banc (full court) review, the issue presented must be… Continue Reading

PA: Royalty Dispute Class Action Fails

Posted in Energy
The Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently sided with a lessee in a class action royalty dispute.  In Hall v. CNX Gas Co., LLC, the lease contained a royalty provision providing that royalties were to be calculated on the net amount realized at the point of sale.  The lessors asserted that because the provision did not… Continue Reading