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]
February 4, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
6/18/2013: Illinois governor signed strictest fracking law in nation 4/24/2013: Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that natural gas is not a "mineral" 3/6/2013: New York lawmakers approved two-year fracking moratorium 12/21/2012: EPA released progress report on study to better understand the ...[read more]
July 30, 2012
by Elizabeth Hand
JURIST Associate Editor Garrett Eisenhour, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2014, is a law clerk at the Center for Coalfield Justice. He explores the regulation and safety concerns surrounding gas pipelines, and argues that the costs may outweigh the benefits...Amidst an expanding ...[read more]
September 7, 2011
by Megan McKee
Laura Frano, University of Pittsburgh Law School of Law Class of 2012, is a certified legal intern at the University of Pittsburgh Environmental Law Clinic. She writes on the growing popularity of natural gas as an energy source and the need to proactively implement international law and policy to ...[read more]
July 12, 2011
by Megan McKee
Joseph Schaeffer, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2012, is spending the summer working for a firm specializing in energy law. He writes on Marcellus exploration and the regulation of hydraulic fracturing, specifically considering the implications of Pittsburgh's decision to ban the ...[read more]
June 30, 2011
by Zach Zagger
The New Jersey Legislature Tuesday passed a bill to completely ban hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," a controversial technique used to release natural shale gas. The Senate passed the bill 33-1 and then it passed the Assembly later in the day 58-11 with 8 abstentions. The bill now goes to New ...[read more]
June 2, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
The New York attorney general on Wednesday filed a complaint against the US government for failing to investigate the risks of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," a controversial technique used to release natural shale gas. The complaint seeks to compel a number of federal agencies to comply ...[read more]

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