The Shale Play Today – August 2014

In This Issue:

– A Look Ahead – What’s Next for 2014:

With 125 days left in 2014, we find ourselves looking at What’s Next for the oil & gas industry in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays. It has been an eventful year and with just four months until 2015, we look forward and identify key conferences, symposiums and issues that are top of mind.

– Pa. Commonwealth Act 13 Ruling:

On July 17, 2014, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled on the issues regarding Act 13 that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had remanded to it in the Supreme Court’s December 2013 decision.

– Nearly 95 Percent of Pa. Shale Producers Participated in the MSC Annual Workforce Survey:

The Marcellus Shale Coalition recently released its annual workforce survey results based on 2013 data. Is the industry growing, stagnant or declining?

– Utica Shale Starting to Look A Lot Like The Eagle Ford:

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the first 20 months of production in the Utica Shale is very close to the highly producing Eagle Ford Shale. How much natural gas is produced per day?

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With 125 days left in 2014, we find ourselves looking
at What’s Next for the oil & gas industry in the
Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays. It has been an
eventful year and with just four months until 2015, we
look forward and identify key conferences,
symposiums and issues that are top of mind.

2014 Events

There are a wide range of upcoming events with
programs and topics relevant to E&P, midstream, field
services and downstream markets. Annual meetings,
summits, roundtables and conferences provide
valuable opportunities to learn from and connect with
industry leaders.

Click here to get the complete list events hosted by
organizations such as WVONGA, Infocast, PIOGA,
IOGA-WV, Polymer Alliance Zone of WV, Marcellus
Shale Coalition, Interstate Oil & Gas Compact
Commission, IOGA-NY, IPAA and OOGA.

2014-2015 Legislative Issues

Those with interests in the Marcellus and Utica Shales
will be actively monitoring the rulemaking process in
the remainder of 2014, while preparing legislative
initiatives and agendas for 2015. We take a look at
prominent issues in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and
Ohio that will be at the forefront.

Click here to read updates on issues such as
In The News
Pa. Commonwealth Act 13
Ruling
by Victoria D. Summerfield
Pittsburgh
On July 17, 2014, the Commonwealth Court of
Pennsylvania ruled on the issues regarding Act
13 that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had
remanded to it in the Supreme Court’s
December 2013 decision. The Commonwealth
Court held constitutional Act 13 provisions
providing (1) notice requirements related to spills
should be made to public drinking water
systems, without the same notice requirement
for private drinking water systems [Section
3218.1], (2) physician non-disclosure
requirements, prohibiting healthcare
professionals from disclosing to others regarding
the composition and quantities of hydro
fracturing constituents [Section 3222.1], and (3)
granting certain natural gas transport, storage, or
sale corporations the power of eminent domain
[Section 3241(a)].

However, the Commonwealth Court determined
that Section 3305, which provided the
Pennsylvania Utility Commission (“PUC”) with
the ability to review zoning ordinances for
compliance with Pennsylvania law and to
withhold distribution of impact fee funds to
communities with noncompliant ordinances, was
unconstitutional. As a result of the Supreme
Court decision to strike down portions of Act 13,
the Commonwealth Court found that municipal
ordinances related to drilling remain under the
jurisdiction of the respective county Courts of
severance taxes, above ground storage tank
regulations and shallow-well pooling.

Common Pleas, and that Section 3305 was not
severable from the remainder of Act 13.

The PUC has appealed the ruling on Section
3305 to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Click here to read the Commonwealth Court
decision.
Nearly 95 Percent of Pa. Shale
Producers Participated in the
MSC Annual Workforce Survey
The Marcellus Shale Coalition recently released
its annual workforce survey results based on
2013 data. Is the industry growing, stagnant or
declining? Read the findings by clicking here.
Utica Shale Starting to Look A
Lot Like The Eagle Ford
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the
first 20 months of production in the Utica Shale
is very close to the highly producing Eagle Ford
Shale. How much natural gas is produced per
day? Click here to read the entire article.
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