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HTMLOhio Decision Marks Victory for Oil and Gas Producers
Robert L. Bays, J. Breckenridge Martin, J. Breton McNab; Bowles Rice LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2014, previously published on April 22, 2014
In an action seeking declaratory judgment as to the leasehold rights for those formations below the Germantown Sand Formation (the "deep rights"), an Ohio court ruled that there was no breach of the implied covenant to reasonably develop or abandonment of the "deep rights" when...


HTMLPennsylvania Superior Court Applies Doctrine of Estoppel by Deed in Oil and Gas Context
James H. McCune; Bowles Rice LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2014, previously published on May 9, 2014
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has applied the doctrine of "estoppel by deed" in a case involving the ownership and leasing of oil and gas.


HTMLZoning Hearing Board Erred When It Denied Application for Natural Gas Compressor Station
Alana E. Fortna; Babst Calland;
Legal Alert/Article
October 19, 2014, previously published on October 10, 2014
On September 26, 2014, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued an opinion in favor of MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources, LLC. MarkWest had purchased a 71.5 acre parcel of undeveloped land in Cecil Township, Pennsylvania, and had applied to the township’s zoning hearing board...


HTMLPG&E Penalized $1.4 Billion For Violations
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 19, 2014, previously published on September 16, 2014
Earlier this month, PG&E was penalized $1.4 billion by the California Public Utilities Commission in relation to the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, CA. The company was found to have violated nearly 3,800 state and federal laws. The fine is meant to "send a strong message to PG&E,...


HTMLPetronas Encouraged by Talks with B.C. Premier
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 9, 2014
Petronas issued a press release Tuesday stating that it was “encouraged” by recent talks with British Columbia’s (B.C.) Premier Christy Clark and Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman regarding Petronas’s proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNW LNG) export project on...


HTMLMozambique Will Announce New Licensing Round for 15 O&G Exploration Blocks
Alexandre R. Chequer, Gonçalo Falcão, Victor Galante, Paulo Rage; Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014
The Government of the Republic of Mozambique, through its regulatory agency, the Institute of National Petroleum - INP, has stated that a competitive bidding round for the exploration of 15 blocks with hydrocarbon potential in the offshore areas of Rovuma, Zambezi and Angoche and the onshore areas...


HTMLState Water Board Releases Draft Safe Drinking Water Plan
Rebecca Andrews, J.G. Andre Monette; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014
The State Water Resources Control Board released a draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California. The draft plan assesses the quality of the state's drinking water, identifies specific water quality problems, analyzes known and potential health risks that may be associated with drinking water...


HTMLQuébec Government and Gaz Métro Partner for LNG
Louis-Nicolas Boulanger; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 15, 2014, previously published on October 3, 2014
On September 30, 2014, Québec Premier Philippe Couillard, jointly with the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and the Minister Responsible for the Northern Plan, Mr. Pierre Arcand, the Minister for Transport and the Implementation of the Maritime Strategy, Mr. Jean d’Amour, and...


HTMLNew Illinois Fracking Law: Deadline for Regulatory Approval and Public Review Extended
Kyle C. Barry; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 7, 2014, previously published on September 29, 2014
In light of considerable concern expressed by industry and activist organizations to Illinois’ law on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the deadline for submission of additional public comment has been extended to October 7, 2014.


Adobe PDFPrivate Investment in Mexican Natural Resources
José Estandía, Mauricio E. Llamas C., William P.M. Schwind, Alberto de la Parra Z.; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
October 6, 2014, previously published on September 2014
A hallmark of the constitutional amendments of December 20, 2013, is the opening of the Mexican oil and gas sector to private participation. The National Hydrocarbons Commission (Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos, "CNH") now has the authority and ability to grant licenses and to...


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