Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Regulators May Consider Impact of Unconventional Gas Drilling on Certain Non-Endangered Species, School Properties, and Playgrounds

On April 19, 2023, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court determined that certain regulations were lawful as promulgated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) related to fact-finding in support of DEP’s review and issuance of unconventional well drilling permits (Marcellus Shale Coalition v. Dep’t of Envtl. Prot. Of…

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Ohio Court of Appeals: Point Pleasant Formation is Separate from Utica Shale in Oil and Gas Lease Depth Severance

On January 18, 2023, the Seventh Appellate District Court of Appeals upheld a trial court ruling that language in certain 2013 and 2014 oil and gas leases limiting the leased formations to the “formations commonly known as the Marcellus Shale and the Utica Shale,” did not include the Point Pleasant formation (Terra, L.L.C. v. Rice…

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PA Agriculture Secretary Recently Released Guidance for Siting Grid-Scale Solar Panels

Russell Redding, Pennsylvania Agricultural Secretary, closed out 2022 by releasing guidance for siting grid-scale solar panels on farms and rural communities in the Commonwealth. The stated goal of the guidance is to inform “decisions by landowners, investors, planners and government officials in considering the planning and siting of grid-scale solar systems,” with the intent “to…

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