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West Virginia Aboveground Storage Tank Act Interpretive Rule Filed and Emergency Rule Out for Comment

Spilman Marcellus News 13 Oct 2014 | 1:48 PM

The Aboveground Storage Tank Act was enacted in response to the January 9, 2014 spill that contaminated the Elk River water supply and affected a nine-county area in West Virginia.  Since passage of the AST Act, the West Virginia Department … Continue reading

Utica Shale Starting to Look A Lot Like The Eagle Ford

Spilman Marcellus News 01 Oct 2014 | 1:00 PM

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the first 20 months of production in the Utica Shale is very close to the highly producing Eagle Ford Shale. And, Utica Shale production is slightly more than Haynesville shale in Louisiana. How much … Continue reading

Reviewing the Pa. Commonwealth Court Act 13 Ruling

Spilman Marcellus News 17 Sep 2014 | 5:47 PM

On July 17, 2014, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled on the issues regarding Act 13 that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had remanded to it in the Supreme Court’s December 2013 decision. The Commonwealth Court held constitutional Act 13 provisions … Continue reading

Aboveground Storage Tank Act Interpretive Rule Filed

Spilman Marcellus News 10 Sep 2014 | 1:35 PM

On September 9, 2014, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) filed a proposed interpretive rule (the “Interpretive Rule”) with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office implementing, in part, the recent Aboveground Storage Tank Act (the “AST Act”), … Continue reading

A Look Ahead – What’s Next for the Oil and Gas Industry in 2014

Spilman Marcellus News 03 Sep 2014 | 1:26 PM

With fewer than 125 days left in 2014, we find ourselves looking at What’s Next for the oil & gas industry in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays for the remainder of 2014. It has been an eventful year and with … Continue reading

How Local Drilling Regulations May Impede Business Development in WV

Spilman Marcellus News 21 Jul 2014 | 12:52 PM

Recently, Scott Rotruck and Joseph V. Schaeffer addressed local drilling regulations and the impact on West Virginia business development for West Virginia Executive magazine.  As governor, Senator Joe Manchin famously declared West Virginia to be “Open for Business.” Whether motivated … Continue reading

Sunoco’s Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Delayed?

Spilman Marcellus News 10 Jul 2014 | 12:28 PM

Legal challenges could hinder progress on the pipeline moving natural gas liquids from the Marcellus Shale in western Pennsylvania to Marcus Hook. Read the entire NPR article here.

Observations of the Sixth Annual Developing Unconventional Gas Conference

Spilman Marcellus News 01 Jul 2014 | 1:50 PM

Article by Scott Rotruck, Director of Energy & Transportation Services I had the great learning experience of attending The Sixth Annual Developing Unconventional Gas Conference, known as DUG East, last month. The conference is based around the sharing of ideas, performance updates, … Continue reading

Gov. Corbett Issues Executive Order Modifying Rules Covering Restricted Drilling in State Parks and Forests

Spilman Marcellus News 23 Jun 2014 | 1:16 PM

Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett has issued an executive order allowing additional gas leasing in state parks and forests – so long as it does not result in “additional long-term surface disturbance.” The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which controls … Continue reading

Marcellus Shale Gas and Pa. Steel – A Match Made in Heaven

Spilman Marcellus News 16 Jun 2014 | 2:09 PM

One of the most important components needed for safe natural gas drilling is high-quality steel pipe. With the federal government now investigating illegal “dumping” of key manufactured products by foreign companies, there is hope that Pennsylvania steel can profit from … Continue reading

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