March 26, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The Georgia General Assembly approved a bill on Wednesday legalizing marijuana for limited medical purposes. The proposed legislation is expected to be signed into law shortly by Governor Nathan Deal. The bill, also known as Haleigh's Hope Act, would specifically allow for the use of a marijuana- ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Sarah Steers
The unconventional gas well fee of Act 13 ("impact fee") sparked heated discussion. Under Section 2302 of Act 13, the governing body of a county may elect to impose a fee on each individual unconventional gas well drilled (or "spudded") in the county. The oil and gas industry considers the ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Sarah Steers
Pennsylvania has long incorporated its advantageous position atop deposits of oil and coal into its economy. As technological advancement in the 21st century meant greater access to- and utilization of- natural gas reserves trapped in shale, Governor Tom Corbett advocated for changes to ...[read more]
March 16, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The US government on Friday appealed a federal court ruling that reduced the potential liability BP faces under the Clean Water Act in relation to the 2010 offshore oil spill. District Court Judge Carl Barbier of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in January set the size ...[read more]
March 9, 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark
02/17/2015: Ohio high court held local ordinances preempted by state oil and gas regulations 01/05/2015: North Carolina fracking rules challenged by environmental conservation group 12/19/2014: New York governor announced plan to ban fracking statewide 08/06/2014: Texas oil drilling company ...[read more]
February 28, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday signed a legislative measure aimed at permitting use of medical marijuana oils for individuals suffering from severe forms of epilepsy. The bill permits the use of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THC-A) oils by providing an affirmative ...[read more]
February 21, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Thursday rejected a motion by BP to reduce the civil fine payable under the Clean Water Act in relation to the 2010 offshore oil spill. BP's appeal sought to reduce the fine per barrel from the $4,300 proposed by the US ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The Supreme Court of Ohio on Tuesday ruled in a 4-3 decision that local drilling and zoning regulations are preempted by state laws governing oil and gas drilling activities. In 2011 Beck Energy Corporation obtained a permit from the Ohio Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ODNR) in ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The London High Court on Friday rejected a request for an injunction by Iran's main oil tanker firm, NITC, which the company had sought to block the re-imposition of sanctions by the EU. High Court Judge Nicholas Green gave his reasoning for rejecting NITC's request at a hearing on Monday. NITC ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The US Senate on Thursday approved the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, which proposes development of a 1,179 mile pipeline for the transmission of crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Republican-led Senate approved the bill in a 62 to 36 vote, with only nine Democrats joining the ...[read more]

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