Monthly Archives: January 2017

Oil and Gas Update for 1/20/2017 – PADEP Issues Report on Coal and Gas Extraction Standards, Oil and Gas Class Actions in the Shale Patch are on the Rise, and Texas Court Rejects Attempted Double Tax of Pooled Mineral Interests.

In the midst of the Inauguration and a Million-Women March, the national rig count jumped a considerable degree since our last report while natural gas spot prices and oil prices remained relatively flat. In Appalachia, PADEP punted on new construction standards for gas wells in coal regions while the courts tackled issues ranging from class action certifications for landowners seeking bonus payments for rejected oil and gas leases in Pennsylvania, FLSA class actions brought by landmen seeking overtime pay in Ohio, and spudding obligations of assignees of oil and gas interests in West Virginia. In other news, courts grappled with royalty class actions involving proper allocation of post-production cost in Oklahoma, attempts by local governments in Texas to tax pooled

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Oil and Gas Update for 1/13/2017 – PA Court Strikes Blow to PADEP’s Multi-Million Penalty Calculation, Royalty Owners get Class Actions Certified in WV and TX, and Oil Companies Awarded $100 Million from Feds

Since our last report, natural gas spot prices dropped across the board alongside a dip in the rig count and oil prices, signaling an up-and-down start to the year despite optimism for industry growth. In Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Court said the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection can’t use a “continuing violation” theory to impose a seven-figure penalty on a well operator following a discharge to groundwater from a frac impoundment.  Elsewhere in Appalachia, a West Virginia federal judge granted a request to certify a class of royalty owners in a dispute over fixed deductions from royalty payments while an appellate court in Ohio evaluated evidence to establish production “in paying quantities.” In other cases, a federal judge in Texas certified a

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Oil and Gas Update for 1/6/2017 – PADEP Signals Rollback of Expedited Review for ESCGP-2 Applications, PA Superior Court Denies Claim to Oil and Gas Rights Conveyed by Tax Sale, and TX Supremes OK Common Carrier Status for CO2 Pipeline.

Natural gas spot prices dipped at the close of 2016 following a much-needed spike while the rig count and oil prices continued their steady climb in week one of 2017. In other news, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection concluded an audit of its expedited review procedures for earthmoving general permits and signaled that fewer applications will qualify for faster approvals while the Texas Supreme Court held that a CO2 pipeline served the public and qualified as a common carrier for purposes of eminent domain. Here’s your first roundup for 2017: About The Author

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Welcome to At the Well Weekly, a blog designed for busy folks in the oil and gas industry. If you haven’t read a thing during the week, our hope is that you can breeze through the update and be up to speed on the basics such as current rig counts, commodity prices, and case law updates on legal issues of interest in Appalachia and elsewhere.
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