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Ellen M. Gilmer

Legal reporter for EnergyWire & @eepublishing.

'Topsy-turvy' legal landscape in aftermath of nixed Pa. drilling law

eenews.net — ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP, WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. -- Just send over a moving truck, and Bob Taylor will be on his way. After 22 years in rural Allegheny Township, 76-year-old Taylor and his wife Beverly, 71, are afraid the natural gas well slated for their neighbor's land will spell an end to their quiet lifestyle.

Chesapeake Energy royalties caught in web of litigation

eenews.net — It takes some effort for an oil and gas company to get on Tom Corbett's bad side, because the Republican governor of Pennsylvania has been a staunch supporter of the industry since his state began showing shale gas potential a decade ago. So when Corbett called out Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Enviros push 'public trust' as trump card over oil and gas influence

eenews.net — Last Dec. 19 was a gratifying day for John Dernbach. In 162 pages the state's highest court had resurrected a provision in Pennsylvania's Constitution that had long ago faded into obscurity. The forgotten measure is an environmental rights amendment nestled in Article 1, among core protections of civil rights and due process.

Silver bullet or long shot? 'Takings' challenges to drilling regs face iffy fate

eenews.net — To Scott Kurkoski, the problem is obvious. New Yorkers expected to reap a profit on natural gas buried in the Marcellus Shale. Government officials got in the way, and now landowners want compensation. "It's a basic property rights issue," Kurkoski said.

Age-old legal tool poses modern threat for oil and gas

eenews.net — When a Texas jury handed down a $3 million verdict this year for a family affected by natural gas drilling, Dan Raichel saw a pattern coming into focus. Environmentalists had for years sought to slow the breakneck pace of shale development, but sophisticated attempts to challenge regulations or prove contamination had fallen short.

Enviros revel in N.Y. victory as industry plans next steps

eenews.net — Cheers echoed through the anti-fracking movement yesterday as New York's highest court ruled that communities can ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders. The New York Court of Appeals found that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield were within their rights in using local zoning power to ban fracking and other oil and gas activities.

EPA abandons investigation into Wyo. water contamination

eenews.net — U.S. EPA has abandoned its investigation of groundwater contamination near oil and gas operations in Wyoming. The agency will not seek peer review and will not finalize its 2011 draft report that linked hydraulic fracturing to contaminated groundwater near the town of Pavillion.

'De-escalating' war of words in Colo. still an elusive goal for top industry group

eenews.net — You'd think she was talking about nuclear warfare. Tucked in a Washington, D.C., steakhouse in the shadow of the Capitol dome, Tisha Schuller peppers a conversation with words like "de-escalation," "polarization" and "high-octane." Her tone is familiar in the clashes over energy development in Colorado, pitting the U.S.

EPA looks to build bridges at state regulators' gathering

eenews.net — POINT CLEAR, Ala. -- Bob Sussman is on a goodwill mission here aside the glistening Mobile Bay. At an annual meeting of state oil and gas regulators, the U.S. EPA deputy administrator is working to mend fences and ease anxiety. He has his work cut out for him.


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