The European Commission on Wednesday issued a Statement of Objection to Gazprom accusing the Russian gas giant of abusing its position as the dominant source of gas in Central and Eastern European in breach of EU anti-trust rules. According to the Commission, "Gazprom is the dominant gas supplier ...[read more]
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of Learjet and other natural gas retail purchasers in their action against interstate natural gas pipeline ONEOK, finding that the Natural Gas Act does not provide the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exclusive control over the actions of energy ...[read more]
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Friday signed into law a bill that allows for the use of nitrogen gas in executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, or if the drugs become unavailable. Under this new method, nitrogen would be delivered via face mask, ...[read more]
Argentina's Minister for Issues Relating to the Falkland Islands, Daniel Filmus, announced on Friday the country is beginning legal proceedings against oil and gas companies from the US and UK drilling off of the islands. Filmus claims that extracting resources from the islands is illegal, saying ...[read more]
The Oklahoma state senate passed a bill on Thursday that would allow for the use of nitrogen gas in executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, or if the drugs become unavailable. If signed by Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma would be the first state in the ...[read more]
Former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia was granted bail on Sunday after surrendering to the court in Dhaka. Zia, the leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), had been voluntarily confined to her office since January 5, when an indefinite transport blockade was called on ...[read more]
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]
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]
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]
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]