March 21, 2015
by Sarah Steers
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 ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Sarah Steers
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 ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Christopher Dellana
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 ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark
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 ...[read more]
March 9, 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark
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 ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The Supreme Court of Ohio on Tuesday ruled in a 4-3 decision that local drilling and zoning regulations are preempted by state laws governing oil and gas drilling activities. In 2011 Beck Energy Corporation obtained a permit from the Ohio Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ODNR) in ...[read more]
February 1, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Amnesty International (AI) said Sunday it has gathered evidence that the Egyptian government is covering up the deaths of more than two dozen people who died in protests on the anniversary of the 2011 uprisings. Twenty-seven people died in protests last week, including two women, a 10-year-old ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Scotland announced a moratorium on the granting of permits for unconventional oil and gas extraction, including fracking, on Wednesday amid environmental and health concerns. Energy minister Fergus Ewing told the Scottish parliament that the moratorium will give the government time to investigate ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Egypt's Court of Cassation on Thursday ordered a retrial for four policemen facing accusations of involuntary manslaughter relating to the deaths of 37 prisoners in a van outside the Abu Zaabal prison in 2013. The prisoners, arrested days before during peaceful protests in support of former ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Amnesty International (AI) called Thursday for the release of three anti-slavery activists who were jailed in Mauritania. One of the jailed activists is prominent opposition politician Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, who was the runner-up in June's presidential elections. The former presidential ...[read more]

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