Tagged Legal

NFG Sues NY DEC in Fed Court re Northern Access Pipe Rejection

Earlier this month MDN brought you the sad (and angering) news that once again Gov. Andrew Cuomo has caved to political pressure from environmental Nazis and instructed the now-corrupted Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to deny stream crossing permits for National Fuel Gas Company’s (NFG) Northern Access Pipeline project (see Cuomo’s Corrupt NY DEC Blocks…

Lawyer to PA Drillers: No Royalties? Time to Terminate the Lease

For the past couple of years MDN has covered the issue of low and no royalties for landowners in Pennsylvania and other states because of the low commodity price for natural gas–and because drillers are deducting post-production expenses. The problem, from the landowner’s perspective, is that gas is still getting pumped–and they aren’t getting anything…

Cuomo Calls Pipelines Safe Yet Keeps New York in the Cold

Institute for Energy Research …. ….   Governor Cuomo continues to fight pipeline construction in New York State, even after viewing them as safe, seems he cares more about his political career. New York Governor Cuomo claims that he supports pipeline infrastructure, commenting that pipelines are viewed as the least hazardous method of moving a…

Upstate New Yorkers Now Told to Beg From One Another

Victor Furman Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist …. ….   Vic Furman exposes the reality of life in Upstate New York after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fracking decision condemning the region to perpetual decline. The latest New York budget gimmick is a state initiated program encouraging towns and counties to come up with ideas…

Why Every State Should Care About the DRBC Lawsuit

Tom Shepstone Natural Gas NOW … …  The DRBC lawsuit now before the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals will decide if states surrender their sovereignty to bureaucracies when they enter compacts. Late last month, I reported here on the status of the DRBC lawsuit, which, following some blistering observations from the district court judge about…

PA Bill Would Restore Dormant Mineral Rights to Surface Owners

The issue of returning mineral rights to surface owners has long been an issue we’ve tracked on MDN–for Ohio. In Ohio, the issue revolves around legislation called the Dormant Minerals Act (DMA). In September 2016, the OH Supreme Court ruled in three DMA cases, saying all of the other cases come under those three (see…

Shale Gas Wastewater Tech Inventor Chosen ‘Inventor of the Year’

The Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA), a group of more than 180 intellectual property lawyers in Western PA, bestowed their Inventor of the Year award to Dr. Shyam V. Dighe, founder and president of AquaSource Technologies Corporation, earlier this week. It is the 34th year in a row PIPLA has made such an award….

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Apr 21, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Exxon gets backing of GOP states in fight over climate probe; regulators, enviros clash in court over southeast pipe projects; why Exxon is giving shale a long leash; natgas generators make up biggest share of electric capacity;…

PA Lib Dem Introducing Bill to “Fix” Strippers Once and for All

The kerfuffle over strippers in PA continues–stripper wells, that is. In brief, in 2012 Pennsylvania passed the Act 13 law that includes a fee on wells targeting shale layers, including the Marcellus. Snyder Brothers, headquartered in Kittanning, PA, drills mostly conventional (vertical only) wells in southwestern PA. In 2011-2012 they drilled 45 vertical-only wells, but…

City vs. Countryside: Can Upstate New York Ever Get Well?

Tom Shepstone Shepstone Management Company, Inc. … …   Political observers say the great divide in the US is city vs. countryside. They’re correct and Upstate New York faces a grim future unless things change. One of our readers brought an interesting article to my attention yesterday that hit upon a great point and, yet,…

Fracking Bolsters the American Economy

Robert Bradley, Jr. Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research. … …   Robert Bradley explains the practice of hydraulic fracturing is not only safe but is actually helping to bolster the American economy. Our friends at Institute for Energy Research shared this guest post with us, which was written by their founder and CEO, Robert Bradley,…

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