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West Virginia judge recognizes trespass by hydraulic fracturing

USA - April 23 2013 The notion that an oil and gas producer can commit a trespass by engaging in hydraulic fracturing gained traction on April 9, 2013, when U.S…

Lisa M. Lorish, Jonathan T. Blank, Anthony J. Carna

EPA reaches landmark settlement with XTO Energy on hydraulic fracturing-related wastewater discharges

USA - July 22 2013 Less than a month after dropping its controversial, multimillion-dollar investigation into claims that hydraulic fracturing had contaminated a…

Jonathan T. Blank, Bernadette M. Rappold, Sahil R. Shah

Pennsylvania trial court confirms non-severable nature of “dual-purpose” oil and gas production and storage leases

USA - April 30 2014 With the boom in shale gas production in the Appalachian Basin, there has been an accompanying boom in lease litigation, as landowners whose oil and…

Jonathan T. Blank, Anthony J. Carna, Branden P. Moore, Paul K. Stockman

A first take on Robinson Township v. Commonwealth

USA - December 24 2013 On December 19, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Robinson Township, et al. V. Commonwealth, 63 MAP 2012, resolving a…

Jonathan T. Blank, Erin N. Fischer, Leonard J. Marsico, Paul K. Stockman

Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Butler decision affirms well-settled law that grant or exception of “minerals” does not include oil and gas

USA - April 25 2013 The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a long-awaited decision yesterday in Butler v. Powers Estate, reversing a controversial superior court…

Lisa M. Lorish, Jonathan T. Blank, Paul K. Stockman