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|More Protests in the Pipeline|
John B. King; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
March 22, 2017, previously published on February 2017Pipelines are essential to get crude oil and natural gas from a production site to processing and then for use in the market. When properly constructed, operated and maintained within the pipeline safety rules, they provide an efficient method to transport these products that are so valuable to our...
|Executive Order Aims to Roll Back Clean Water Rule|
Lisa M. Bruderly, Angela M. Kilbert; Babst Calland;
March 22, 2017, previously published on March 3, 2017On February 28, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order, Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States Rule” (the Order), directing his administration to withdraw and reconsider the Clean Water Rule (the Rule), 80...
|Mine Safety Agency Announces Final Rule for Examination of Working Places in Metal, Nonmetal Mines|
Tressi L. Cordaro; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 22, 2017, previously published on February 8, 2017Examinations of working places should be conducted before miners begin work in those places and miners should be notified of hazardous conditions found during examinations, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced in a final rule amending existing standards to improve the quality of...
|Can Natural Gas Prices Break Out?|
Michael W. Wise; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
March 16, 2017, previously published on February 13, 2017The topic of natural gas pricing is one that’s closely watched throughout the energy sector. While prices have sagged since early 2014, there have been signs of a rebound recently. John Funk of the Cleveland Plain Dealer recently reported on Dominion’s retail pricing and opined on...
|The Battle Over Royalties|
William Beckley; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
March 16, 2017, previously published on February 8, 2017The battle over oil and gas royalty payments is heating up in Ohio. Late in 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court declined to answer the certified question of whether Ohio follows the “at the well” rule, or a version of the “marketable product” rule. Lutz, et al v. Chesapeake...
|The Pennsylvania Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act and Oil and Gas Operations|
Timothy S. Bytner; Babst Calland;
March 1, 2017, previously published on January 19, 2017As we begin the New Year, many of us in the environmental sector automatically look at our new calendars and realize that this is the beginning of a new season of annual regulatory requirements. These requirements range from annual emissions statements and waste reporting to various certification...
|As Obama Administration Draws to a Close, PHMSA Releases Final Rule for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines|
March 1, 2017, previously published on January 18, 2017On January 13, 2017, one week before the end of the Obama administration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) released a final rule amending the federal safety standards for hazardous liquid pipelines in 49 C.F.R. Part 195 (Final Rule). The Final Rule is the latest...
|Navigating the United States' and the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Rules|
W. Thomas Chappell; Vandeventer Black LLP;
February 10, 2017, previously published on December 2016Ballast water management has attracted the attention of regulators both in the United States and internationally recently. If not properly managed, ballast water may introduce invasive species into an ecosystem. This danger occurs when a vessel collects ballast water, including the organisms in...
|Ohio Dormant Mineral Act Decision Appealed to US Supreme Court|
William Beckley, Christopher William Capcara, Jeffrey R. Huntsberger, Michael W. Wise; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
January 19, 2017, previously published on December 20, 2016Many hoped the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision in Corban v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. would bring some certainty to the status of the law in the Utica Shale play. Instead, it appears to have created more questions - some of which have now been posed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
|New Ohio Oil and Gas Incident Notification Rule Goes into Effect Today|
William Beckley, Beth I. Gillin; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
January 19, 2017, previously published on December 8, 2016Following years of effort and debate, a new rule for oil and gas incident notifications in Ohio is set to go into effect today. The new rule (Rule 1501:9 8 02) streamlines the process for reporting incidents, amends and clarifies what constitutes an incident that requires notification, and...