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Georgia lawmakers approve medical marijuana bill
March 26, 2015
The Georgia General Assembly approved a bill on Wednesday legalizing marijuana for limited medical purposes. The proposed legislation is expected to be signed into law shortly by Governor Nathan Deal. The bill, also known as Haleigh's Hope Act, would specifically allow for the use of a marijuana-ba....... [more]

UN rights expert condemns violations in Gaza Conflict
March 23, 2015
Flavia Pansieri, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Monday that human rights violations “fuel and shape the conflict” in the occupied Palestinian territories. Pansieri presented six documents to the council on behalf of the UN High C....... [more]

Senegal court sentences former president's son for corruption
March 23, 2015
A special court in the Republic of Senegal on Monday sentenced the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade to six years in prison for corruption. Karim Wade was on trial on charges of corruption and embezzlement of approximately USD $238 million.The corruption claim centers on Karim Wade's acquisitio....... [more]

Act 13's Impact Fee
March 21, 2015
The unconventional gas well fee of Act 13 ("impact fee") sparked heated discussion. Under Section 2302 of Act 13, the governing body of a county may elect to impose a fee on each individual unconventional gas well drilled (or "spudded") in the county. The oil and gas industry considers the techniq....... [more]

Robinson Township v. Commonwealth
March 21, 2015
Pennsylvania has long incorporated its advantageous position atop deposits of oil and coal into its economy. As technological advancement in the 21st century meant greater access to- and utilization of- natural gas reserves trapped in shale, Governor Tom Corbett advocated for changes to Pennsylvan....... [more]

Background of Act 13
March 21, 2015
On February 14, 2012, then-Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed Act 13 into law. It amended Title 58 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to include a fee for individuals or corporations extracting natural gas from geologic formations such as Marcellus Shale. The purpose of the act was to....... [more]

Pennsylvania's Act 13
March 21, 2015
The development of natural gas in Pennsylvania gave rise to several legal issues. The Pennsylvania legislature passed Act 13 with hopes that it would resolve disputes over local control of the industry, and how the Commonwealth would tax the industry. But in 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court stru....... [more]

US government to appeal ruling reducing BP's potential oil spill liability
March 16, 2015
The US government on Friday appealed a federal court ruling that reduced the potential liability BP faces under the Clean Water Act in relation to the 2010 offshore oil spill. District Court Judge Carl Barbier of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in January set the size of....... [more]

Pennsylvania's Act 13
March 9, 2015
02/17/2015: Ohio high court held local ordinances preempted by state oil and gas regulations 01/05/2015: North Carolina fracking rules challenged by environmental conservation group 12/19/2014: New York governor announced plan to ban fracking statewide 08/06/2014: Texas oil drilling company f....... [more]

Supreme Court rules Alabama may justify railroad fuel tax
March 4, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transporation, Inc. that Alabama should be able to justify its decision to assess on railroads a fuel tax that it does not assess on motor carriers. The 7-2 ruling against CSX Transportation Inc. reversed the decision of....... [more]

France court approves extradition of former Kazakhstan energy minister
March 4, 2015
The French Court of Cassation on Wednesday approved the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. The court upheld the extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, which both house BTA Bank branches, partly beca....... [more]




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