Monthly Archives: April 2017

Oil and Gas Update for 4/7/2017 – MD Bans Hydraulic Fracturing, OH DMA Cases Keep Trickling In, and Spot Prices Pull a Hat Trick in Appalachia.

All three benchmarks for natural gas spot prices in Appalachia hit $3/MMBtu or more since our last report (and did so for the first time in a long time), trending alongside a spike in oil prices following the Syrian airstrike and a rising rig count. In Appalachia, the Ohio courts addressed several issues under the state’s Dormant Mineral Act while a federal court in Pennsylvania scrapped a township’s curious constitutional claims against a private oil and gas company that challenged the local government’s bid to ban UIC wells by local ordinance. Meanwhile, the Governor of Maryland signed a bill banning hydraulic fracturing within the state’s borders in anticipation of a multi-year moratorium that is set to expire in October. In other

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Oil and Gas Update for 3/31/2017 – Commonwealth Court Addresses Stripper Wells and Impact Fees, Federal Judge Tosses $4.2 Million Verdict in High Profile Water Well Contamination Case.

The Henry Hub inched past $3/MMBtu since our last report alongside another increase in the national rig count and a tiny uptick in oil prices.  In Appalachia, the Commonwealth Court issued a decision on whether and when certain marginal (“stripper”) wells are subject to the state’s impact fee while a federal magistrate judge tossed a controversial $4.2 million verdict against a well operator and ordered a new trial after finding insufficient evidence that the operator contaminated the plaintiffs’ private water supply and deriding the behavior of the plaintiffs’ lawyer.  Here’s your week in review: 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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