Tuesday, April 30, 2013

New Attorney At LGCR Expands Firm’s Legal Capabilities For Title, Deed, Pooling Matters

Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins PLLC has hired Heather R. Bates to expand the law firm’s capabilities for its growing natural gas practice.  Bates’ focuses on a wide range of legal services (title, deeds, leases, joint-operating agreements, etc.) to oil and natural gas clients. Prior to joining the law firm Bates worked for CONSOL Energy, Inc. where she analyzed, reviewed, and drafted various oil and gas documents such as title opinions, drilling opinions, deeds, leases, pooling agreements, farm-in agreements and joint operating agreements for horizontal drilling operations in the Appalachian Basin.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Marcellus Shale Vaults To Top U.S. Natural Gas Production Formation

Thanks to horizontal drilling activities over the past several years, the vast Marcellus Shale formation is now the most prolific producing region of natural gas in the United States. And West Virginia is positioned right in the middle of the "shale gas revolution," said David McCurdy, president and chief executive officer of the American Gas Association.  McCurdy provided these comments yesterday at the West Virginia University College of Law's spring natural gas conference in Morgantown, W.Va.  Click to read a news story on his comments.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

W.Va. DEP Cuts Time Period To Approve Horizontal Well Permits

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has made progress on its efforts to reduce the time it takes to review and approve a horizontal well drilling permit. DEP Secretary Randy Huffman says his agency has cut the average time to get a drilling permit to be about 75 days...instead of 110-130 days a year ago.  He also reported that permitting activity remains steady so far this year.  As of mid-April this year, the W.Va. DEP had received applications for 194 well permits and issued 168.  That compares to a total of 500 well permits being issued in 2011, which was the peak year.

Click to read more: http://www.statejournal.com/story/22001105/dep-acclimating-to-gas-boom-permit-delay-stabilizing