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DLP Gas Drilling Accident Team Continues to Represent the Seriously Injured

Over the past several years the Natural Gas Drilling Litigation Team at Dougherty Leventhal Price LLP has handled serious and complex accident cases throughout the Marcellus shale Region especially in Susquehanna, Bradford, Wyoming, Tioga and other Counties.  Many of these cases involved gas riggers, pipeline workers and others involved in on-site construction accidents.  Many more (…)

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DEP Fines, State Budget Talks Highlight Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling News

As the June 30th deadline for passing a balanced budget approaches in Harrisburg, lawmakers and the Governor’s office are posturing their positions as they head into serious budget discussions.  Highlighting the inevitable fight is the proposed natural gas severance tax found in governor wolf’s initial budget.  Yesterday, the State House passed its first proposed budget. (…)

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Royal Dutch Shell Buys Land for “Cracker” Plant!

After years of speculation and inaction it appears that the proposed multi-billion dollar “cracker” plant in Western Pennsylvania is on track for construction.  Today, Royal Dutch Shell filed a deed indicating purchase of land in Potter Township, Beaver County for $13.5 million. The plant will convert abundant natural gas harvested from the Marcellus Shale and (…)

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New Drilling Leases Signed in Pennsylvania as North Carolina Balks at Fracking and Other News

Although the slowdown in the natural gas rich Marcellus Shale regions of Pennsylvania continue, news of new natural gas lease signings continues.  The Mars Area School District approved a lease of 110 acres of school district property for fracking.  The district will receive lease revenues of $3100 per acre and 18% royalty fees.  Although viewed (…)

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Pa. Natural Gas Update From DLP: Cracker Plant Has Life!

Several years ago Pennsylvania government officials were all smiles announcing the possible construction of a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker plant in Monaca, Beaver County .   Royal Dutch Shell was identified as the developer.  A large track of land was placed under contract subject to many contingencies.  Tax breaks were dolled out in Harrisburg.  All (…)

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Marcellus Shale Drilling News from DLP

Some mixed news this week from the natural gas fields of Pennsylvania and elsewhere: –Today, Oklahoma officials announced that studies prove that oil and fracking waste injection wells do indeed cause earthquakes.  Not unexpected considering the quakes registered over the past several years in Oklahoma, Ohio and Texas. –Two companies from Thailand and Japan are (…)

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Pennsylvania AND Marcellus Shale News Updates from DLP Law

Although it appears that news about the Marcellus Shale Natural Gas boom has slowed in the past several months, nothing could be farther from the truth.  The industry is alive and well and the news keeps on coming! One of the top stories continues to be the construction of numerous pipelines throughout the Commonwealth.  Recent (…)

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Many Topics in The Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Fracking Update

With the inauguration of Pennsylvania’s new Governor, Tom Wolf, news regarding the Marcellus shale natural gas industry seems to be in the headlines on an almost daily basis.  Some of the more recent topics– Governor Wolf announced a plan for new and stricter regulations on fracking and natural gas drilling affecting waste disposal, water pollution (…)

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Update on Governor Wolf Marcellus Shale Budget Proposals

The dust has settled over the past week on Governor Wolf’s first annual Pennsylvania Budget Proposal.  The battle lines have been drawn! Faced with a two (2) billion dollar deficit, Governor Wolf held nothing sacred.  Increases in the state wage and sales tax are on the table.  Change to the Corporate Tax rate and loopholes (…)

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Governor Proposes Natural Gas Extraction Severance Tax

During his campaign for Governor, Tom Wolf campaigned on a promise to recommend a fair natural gas severance tax in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Yesterday, making good on his promise,  now Governor Wolf proposed his first statewide budget which includes a five (5) per cent severance tax. Reaction to the Governor’s proposal was swift.  Natural (…)

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Low Energy Prices Take Toll on Chesapeake

Oil prices continue to sink on the international market.  Natural gas prices, spurred downward by the boom in fracking and production , continue to slug along at very low levels. These almost record level low energy prices are taking their toll on energy companies worldwide. This week, Chesapeake Oil and Gas announced that profits are (…)

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Politics, Cancelled Plans and Pipeline Opposition Top Pennsylvania Marcellus shale News

Governor Tom Wolf was elected based upon a platform that promised to keep a closer eye on the growing Marcellus Shale natural gas industry in Pennsylvania.  To back up his campaign promises, Governor Wolf has nominated John Quigley to serve as the new Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.  In recent years Mr. Quigley (…)

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Governor Elect Tom Wolf Makes DEP and DCNR Appointments

The natural gas industry, fracking and a statewide severance tax all became significant issues during the recent contest for Governor of Pennsylvania.  Current Governor Tom Corbett was always seen as a pro natural gas drilling executive during his term in office.  Governor elect Tom Wolf successfully portrayed the Governor as a friend of everything natural (…)

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Crashing Oil Prices, Fracking Ban in New York, and now EARTHQUAKES!—Fracking Industry Rocked

Oil prices continue to fall at a dramatic pace.  This week the price dropped to under $50 per barrel for the first time in many years.  Oil and natural gas companies have been hit hard throughout the world.  One immediate result–along with significantly lower gas prices at the pump; which is good–has been the curtailing (…)

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2014 Year in Review for Marcellus Shale

2014 was a very interesting year for the Marcellus Shale business in Pennsylvania and throughout the Northeast. The year started with continuing depressed natural gas prices.  As a result of the low prices, drilling for new wells decreased substantially.  Companies, such as Chesapeake, saw a lot of change.  Reduction in leaseholds and shake up of (…)

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Anti Fracking Decision in New York Dominates Gas Drilling News

The fallout from Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking in New York continues.  Numerous reports contain complaints from property owners in the Southern Tier and rural upstate New York about the ban.   Many residents across the Pennsylvania boarder were holding gas leases for years similar to those held by their Pennsylvania neighbors.  Many were hoping (…)

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Governor Cuomo BANS Fracking!!

The New York Times within the hour just reported that Governor Cuomo has banned fracking statewide citing a just released health and welfare report critical of the effects of the fracking process.  This ban keeps in place the ongoing moratorium on fracking throughout New York.  More updates will follow. (…)

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Utica Shale Drilling for Natural Gas Comes to Pennsylvania in a Big Way

Everyone knows about the Marcellus Shale natural gas reserves which are being fracked throughout Pennsylvania.  Marcellus refers to the level within the ground at which natural gas is trapped in shale formations.  The shale is “fracked” releasing the natural gas to flow to the surface for harvesting.  Of course the natural gas production from the (…)

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Marcellus Shale Workers Recover Past Due Overtime Pay

Work in the natural gas fields of Northeast Pennsylvania can be challenging.  Long days, lack of sleep. few days off and naturally hard and challenging job duties make working the fracking wells and pipeline construction projects a very special type of employment opportunity that is not for everyone. Along with the challenges of the jobs (…)

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