If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Or, as said by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, “A rule of property long acquiesced in should not be overthrown except for compelling reasons of public policy or the imperative demands of justice.” There were no such imperatives in Butler vs. Charles Powers Estate, in which the Court upheld the ”Dunham Rule” in Pennsylvania oil and gas law.
In twin decisions handed down today, the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department upheld two local zoning laws that prohibit activities related to oil and gas development (commonly referred to as “hydraulic fracturing”) (the “zoning laws”).
In October of 2012 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral argument on two key cases that potentially could reshape the laws and rules applicable to hydraulic fracturing in the state.
According to a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offshore oil and gas workers are seven times more likely to die on the job than average US workers.
In a much awaited ruling, an upstate New York appellate court unanimously upheld the right of local governments to zone out gas drilling.
DOE recently released a study that analyzes the economy-wide impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act or ARRA) funding for Smart Grid project deployment administered by DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE OE).
Last August, we reported that a Pennsylvania Superior Court decision (Butler v. Charles Powers Estate) threatened to undermine nearly 200 years of mineral-rights law in Pennsylvania by rejecting the “Dunham Rule” – a legal doctrine that presumes that in private deed transactions where there is a reservation or exception for “minerals”
Many interest groups have urged that the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) needs to be “modernized”, but disagree as to the changes that are needed.
IRS Updates Notice Determining When Construction Begins for Purposes of the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit
Last week, we reported that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2013-29 (Notice) to to provide guidance on eligibility for the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC).
On April 24, four Republican legislators and four Democratic legislators reintroduced the Master Limited Partnership Parity Act in the House and Senate. Master Limited Partnerships (MLP) provide tax advantages to energy project developers but are currently limited under the Tax Code to resources subject to depletion, such as oil and gas, and transportation and storage of certain fuels.