Category Archives: Shale Law

April 14, 2014

by Greg Matusky

As our members and supporters know, shale development has yielded unprecedented benefits to our state and region. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen higher and new forms of revenue for the state and our communities; strong environmental protections; new opportunities for landowners, families, and workers; and a manufacturing …

This post was originally authored by Charles M. Hart, Partner, Duane Morris
In the summer of 2012, after the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court enjoined implementation of certain provisions of Act 13 that were designed to bring uniformity to zoning in the Marcellus region, we blogged about the resulting uncertainty for the Commonwealth, …

The following post was contributed by Charles M. Hart, Partner, Duane Morris LLP.
A recent Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court decision creates uncertainty about whether oil and gas operators will, in future, be required to file applications for zoning permits piecemeal, at the local level and go through the local hearing processes, as …

Argue for the application of well-settled law.
Many observers have complained that the law is slow to change in the face of a rapidly changing world. But the static nature of the law can sometimes be a good thing — a source of stability — even in the context of rapid …