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Pennsylvania Appeals Court Reverses Lower Court Decision and Allows a Natural Gas Well Project to Proceed in a Residential Neighborhood

On September 9, 2015, Judge Mary Leavitt of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania reversed the Court of Common Pleas of Lycoming County’s ruling, which had set aside the Board of Supervisors of Fairfield Township’s (the “Board”) grant of a conditional use permit to Inflection Energy LLC for the construction and operation of a natural gas … Continue Reading

The “LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act”—A Positive Step Toward Expediting U.S. LNG Export Projects

Restrictive regulations and permitting processes that operate at glacial speed (as opposed to market speed) pose the primary hurdles to greater U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). In response to a chorus of complaints from industry, Senators John A. Barrasso (R-WY) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) recently introduced the “LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act,” … Continue Reading

New York State Assembly Passes Three-Year Fracking Moratorium – Senate Vote Unlikely

On Monday, the New York State Assembly voted 89-34 in favor of a three-year statewide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.  But with the legislative session ending in just a few days, the Senate appears unlikely to take up the bill, rendering the vote largely symbolic. Speaker Sheldon Silver emphasized the need for caution in exploring New … Continue Reading

North Dakota LNG Announces Construction of North Dakota’s First Liquefied Natural Gas Processing Facility

In a press release on Wednesday, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and officials with North Dakota LNG (NDLNG) announced the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing facility to be located in Tioga, North Dakota. This will be North Dakota’s first LNG processing facility. Operations at the facility will start this summer. The facility … Continue Reading

Debates Continue on Pennsylvania and Ohio Severance Tax Proposals

Pennsylvania legislators continue to debate a severance tax proposal announced late last year, and previously discussed on this blog.  Under that severance tax proposal, the commonwealth’s system of impact fees would be replaced with a 4.9% severance tax.  A bipartisan group of legislators announced that proposal, and it appears that support for a severance tax … Continue Reading

Alaska Passes North Slope Pipeline Liquefied Natural Gas Bill

On Monday, Alaska’s legislature approved Senator Sean Parnell’s plan to join four energy companies in moving ahead on plans to build infrastructure to transport and market 35 trillion cubic feet of North Slope gas to be shipped by an 800-mile pipeline to a liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) export plant. In approving Senate Bill 138, lawmakers … Continue Reading

Colorado Supreme Court Grants Petition to Consider Use of Lone Pine Orders in Toxic Tort Case Involving Hydraulic Fracturing

On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court granted a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Antero Resources, et al. v. Strudley, et al.  The Strudley case involves claims relating to alleged injuries from natural gas drilling operations near the Strudley’s home in Silt, Colorado.  The Strudley’s case was dismissed by the district court after it entered … Continue Reading

Oral Argument Recap: Ohio Supreme Court Considers Home Rule in Challenge to Zoning Ordinances Restricting Drilling

On Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court held oral argument to determine the scope of Ohio’s constitutional guarantee of municipal “home rule.”  The case—brought by the city of Munroe Falls, Ohio against Beck Energy Corp. for violations of its local zoning laws—concerns the constitutionality of Ohio Revised Code § 1509.02, which grants the Ohio Department of … Continue Reading

EPA Releases Revised Guidance on Use of Diesel Fuels in Hydraulic Fracturing Operations

On February 11, 2014, the EPA released its long awaited revised permitting guidance for wells that use diesel fuels during hydraulic fracturing activities. The guidance details the EPA’s view on how to implement provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 which amended the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) definition of “underground injection” to specifically … Continue Reading

Natural Gas Power Saves Texas Water, May Reduce Drought Risk

A recent study by researchers Bridget Scanlon, Ian Duncan and Robert C. Reedy of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas-Austin found that the state of Texas consumed less water as a result of using natural gas-fired power plants than it would have had it generated the same amount of electricity using … Continue Reading
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