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]
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]
January 13, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Monday. In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona the court heard arguments on whether the town of Gilbert's content-based ordinance regarding city signs is content-neutral and not discriminatory. The case was brought by the Good News Community ...[read more]
December 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration said Wednesday that they will block hydraulic fracturing across the state. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking is a controversial method of tapping natural gas deposits with high pressurized water. The method, commonly used in the local Marcellus ...[read more]
November 22, 2014
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST Guest Columnist Dmytro Galagan, of VoxUkraine, discusses the ongoing natural gas dispute between Ukraine and Russia ...On November 16, 2014, NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine (Naftogaz) and OJSC Gazprom (Gazprom) informed that they had filed lawsuits against each other at the Arbitration Institute ...[read more]
October 11, 2013
by Peter Snyder
France Constitutional Council on Friday upheld France's ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, finding that banning the controversial natural gas extraction process is a valid means of protecting the environment. The issue was brought before the council by representatives of Schuepbach Energy ... ...[read more]
July 21, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has been at the center of much debate in the past decade. The process has had an enormous impact on the energy industry in the US, particularly with regard to natural gas markets. Natural gas will continue to play an important role in the energy future of the US, ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Shale gas deposits have been identified across the US and drilling efforts had begun as early as the 1940s. As natural gas extraction intensified in the early twenty-first century and environmental concerns gained publicity, some landowners filed lawsuits, particularly in the northeast Marcellus ...[read more]

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