Topic: Natural Gas

Lawsuits, Drilling Bans, and Other Issues Shaping the Future of Fracking in the US

“Lawmakers are heavily divided when it comes to the regulation of hydraulic fracturing. Currently, there are twelve bills in Congress that address the regulation of oil and natural gas operations.” (Peter Whitfield at BakerHostetler) Although the hydraulic fracturing process has been around since the late 1940s, it’s only been in the last 15 years or… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Automakers Strike Back, China Opens Up, Governor Vetoes Bill, NY Continues Moratorium

So far, no good: The government shutdown is one week old today. Hang in there, America! A group of automakers just flattened a patent troll… (Foley & Lardner) How the Shanghai FTZ makes It easier for foreign companies to invest in China… (Corporate Law Report) The feds want government contractors to update their anti-human trafficking… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Compliance Programs, Pipeline Permitting, Unpaid Internships, Criminal Antitrust

How to get a head start on the day’s business law news at the click of a button? Sign up for email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief: Want to know how your company’s internal compliance reporting compares to that of corporations around the globe? Read this 19-page report… (NAVEX Global) Hey look –… Read more »

Natural Gas a Mineral? Not in Pennsylvania… (And Other Fracking Law News)

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that Marcellus shale gas is not a “mineral,” and that subsequently private deeds in the state that make reference to mineral rights do not encompass natural gas rights. Levi Jones of law firm Schnader explains: “The Court reaffirmed the ‘Dunham Rule,’ which applies the common, layperson understanding… Read more »

Latest on Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking: A JD Supra Legal Reader

Recently David Letterman pushed the fracking debate deeper into the primetime spotlight as he voiced strong concerns over hydraulic fracturing on his “Late Show” – summing up his feelings in two words: “We’re screwed.” Regardless of your position on this highly contentious topic, one thing is clear: today, there are numerous legal ramifications to fracking.… Read more »

Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Act Amendments Target Fracking Operations

We’re seeing interest in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale bill, as recently enacted amendments to the state’s Oil and Gas Act are known. Designed to strengthen environmental protections, the legislation imposes additional reporting and operating burdens on natural gas producers in the state.  For your reference, here’s quick roundup of key points addressed in the new law.… Read more »