Political & Social News


House Bill 1900 “Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act”

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Pompeo [R-KS]

Introduced: May 09, 2013

A bill that would require FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commision) to approve or deny a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a pipeline project within 12 months, or the project will automatically be approved. “This legislation makes common-sense reforms to the natural gas pipeline permitting process and will allow new pipeline projects to be built safely and efficiently to help meet the nation’s energy needs,” said Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

The commission is slated to take up Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC’s proposal to replace more than 2,000 feet of existing 30-inch pipeline under the Brandywine Creek in Chester County, Pa., with a 42-inch pipeline. The company submitted its application last August.


House Bill 1582 “Energy Consumers Relief Act”

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Cassidy [R-LA]

Introduced: Apr 16, 2013

A bill introduced to protect consumers by prohibiting the Administrator of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) from putting into effect as final, any energy-related rules that are estimated to cost more than $1 billion and will cause significant adverse effects to the economy. The Energy Consumers Relief Act will help protect Americans from new billion-dollar EPA regulations that may increase energy prices and destroy jobs.  It will…


  • Provide that before the EPA finalizes an energy-related rule costing more than $1 billion, the agency must submit a report to Congress detailing certain cost, benefit, energy price, and job impacts.
  • Prohibit EPA from finalizing a rule if the Secretary of Energy, in consultation with other relevant agencies, determines the rule would cause significant adverse effects to the economy.


House Bill 1881 “Energy Production and Project Delivery Act”

Sponsor: Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT]

Introduced: May 08, 2013

A bill to stimulate the economy, produce domestic energy, and create jobs at no cost to the taxpayers, and without borrowing money from foreign governments for which our children and grandchildren will be responsible, and for other purposes.

“There’s no disputing the fact that our nation’s domestic energy production on federal lands has been stymied by this administration and is trending in the exact opposite direction of the rapid growth we’re seeing on private and state lands. This legislation would help reverse that trend by increasing access to our domestic resources, and do so despite the threat from the White House to decrease oil & gas leasing and permitting on federal lands if sequestration goes through,” stated U.S. Sen. David Vitter.

PA Supreme Court Reaffirms Property Rights

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Home, Legal News, Top News | Comments Off on PA Supreme Court Reaffirms Property Rights

PA Supreme Court Reaffirms Property Rights

Marcellus Shale Formation is not a “mineral”… In a unanimous opinion by Justice Baer issued April 24, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reaffirmed the Dunham Rule, holding that a reservation of minerals in a deed does not reserve the gas in unconventional formations, such as the Marcellus Shale. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court reaffirmed the state’s 131-year history of the mineral rights law, ruling in favor of a Susquehanna County couple that had filed suit over the rights to the Marcellus Shale gas under their property....

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Marcellus Drilling Cleaning Up Abandoned Mine Drainage

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Home, Legal News, Top News | Comments Off on Marcellus Drilling Cleaning Up Abandoned Mine Drainage

Marcellus Drilling Cleaning Up Abandoned Mine Drainage

Abandoned mine drainage is destroying the environment everyday! Marcellus drilling may be able to change that… More than 4,000 miles of streams polluted by abandoned coalmine drainage flow through Pennsylvania’s forests, killing all aquatic and invertebrate life. And it would take an estimated $15 billion to clean up these dead streams. Some environmentalists and at least one Marcellus driller have decided there’s an opportunity here to kill two birds with one stone. Using the abandoned mine drainage to hydro-frack wells, they say, could...

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Federal Suit could impact Utica drilling

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Legal News | Comments Off on Federal Suit could impact Utica drilling

A lawsuit working its way through federal court in Cleveland alleges that oil and gas drilling in Ohio is “abnormally dangerous” and that the operator of a well should pay for any damage caused by chemicals that escape the well — even if the operator met all applicable standards of care. If the plaintiffs succeed on this theory, landowners will be able to pursue operators of oil and gas wells for injuries associated with drilling activities — regardless of how careful drillers were when constructing the well or whether they adhered to...

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