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U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Against the Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxic Standards

On June 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision struck down the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

What the Iran Nuclear Deal Could Mean for U.S. Oil Companies

The latest news cycles have been dominated by talk of a deal between world powers, including the United States (U.S.) and Iran, regarding Iran’s

Pittsburgh Cracker Plant Update

The much-anticipated cracker plant to be located in Beaver County recently took a step forward as Shell Oil Co. (Shell) closed on the land where the plant

EPA Assessment Finds Hydraulic Fracturing to Cause No Impact on Drinking Water

EPA assessment finds "no evidence of hydraulic fracturing activities causing widespread, systemic impact on drinking water resources in the United

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An Update on Ohio Oil & Natural Gas Activities

Much has been said in the news over the last year about the decline in the oil and natural gas industry in Ohio. The most significant factor impacting

What Is the Future of Coal in West Virginia?

For decades, the West Virginia coal industry has been the economic foundation of the state’s economy. The industry generates more than 20,000 direct

Pennsylvania Natural Gas Producers Wary of Severance Tax

Tom Wolf was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 47th Governor on January 20, 2015. In fulfillment of his campaign promise, and after less than a month in

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf's Severance Tax Proposal

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released his anticipated proposal, the Pennsylvania Education Reinvestment Act, for a severance tax on natural gas production.

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West Virginia Business Franchise Tax Phase-Out Could Benefit the Oil and Gas Industry in 2015

In an effort to compete for new and expanding businesses, West Virginia has eliminated its business franchise tax as of January 1, 2015. The elimination

PA Introduces New Bills To Protect Landowners

In January, State Senator Gene Yaw (R) has reintroduced Senate Bill 147 and Senate Bill 148, which were then both approved unanimously by the PA Senate

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