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]
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]
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]
October 31, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Argentina's lower house of Congress on Thursday passed a highly criticized bill for a new Hydrocarbons law. The lower house, controlled by allies of President Cristina Fernandez, passed the bill with a vote of 130-116 with one abstention after 14 hours of debate. The bill seeks to promote foreign ...[read more]
December 20, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that portions of Act 13 of 2012, a statute amending the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act, are unconstitutional. Specifically, the court found that the act violated the Pennsylvania Constitution by placing zoning rights regarding hydraulic fracturing or... ...[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]
May 18, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On May 18, 2012, Vermont became the first US state to ban hydraulic fracking when Governor Peter Shumlin signed Bill H. 464 into law. Hydraulic fracking is a method used by many major oil companies to extract natural gas and obtain shale oil and gas by using an extremely pressurized mixture of ...[read more]
April 27, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a deed dispute over Marcellus shale gas rights that the gas is not considered a "mineral." The dispute dates back to an 1881 deed that conveyed partial mineral rights to the property holder. In the decision, the court reaffirmed Pennsylvania's " ...[read more]

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