••• As of the afternoon of April 11, Attorney John Smith who is representing some of the townships that filed the lawsuit, an injunction was granted by the judge in this case. The injunction only pertains to the zoning portion of the Marcellus shale impact fee. The rest of the legislation is still set to […]
SALEM, Ohio — Carroll County leads the pack with the number of permits issued in March for drilling Utica shale wells in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Of the 175 drilling permits issued statewide in the Utica Shale since January 2011, 60 have been issued to Carroll County sites. Carroll County […]
Shale signs: What to know when you’re contacted to sign an easement agreement with a company granting the right to have a pipeline constructed on part of your land.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Economic booms are ahead for the Utica and Marcellus shale areas, but patience is needed for it to happen. Kristen Holmquist, the manager for natural gas liquids for Bentek Energy, spoke March 20 at the Hart Energy’s 2012 Marcellus Midstream conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. Fracking Holmquist told the crowd there are 1,000 […]
More business for the lawyers: The best thing anyone contemplating a pipeline easement can do is secure an attorney who knows property law and the gas industry.
CARROLLTON, Ohio — Besides the legal ramifications of signing a pipeline easement agreement, Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District technician Ray Rummel said there are some environmental concerns to remember as well. Keep in mind Rummel said he wants to remind landowners that an easement goes on the deed and is forever. “You only […]
Landowners across Ohio may be surprised to learn the bonus lease and royalty dollars received for their Marcellus or Utica Shale leases will be subject to the Ohio commercial activity tax (CAT) if payments of over $150,000 are received.
Editor: I’m writing to address concerns about nonlandowners who don’t realize the consequences for them of the so-called “Shale Boom.” By now most, if not all, of them have heard repeatedly about how dangerous chemicals used in hydraulic fracture drilling can get into aquifers and, then, into drinking water. They have also heard about other […]
WASHINGTON — During their annual trip to Capitol Hill March 5-7, Ohio Farm Bureau presidents were relentless in their efforts to tell legislators just what they thought of issues facing America’s farmers. One item that has been at the top of the presidents’ agenda for several years has been the estate tax, or death tax. […]
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A Web-based seminar sponsored by Penn State Extension will examine municipalities’ roles related to water use and protection in the face of burgeoning Marcellus Shale gas development in Pennsylvania.
In Pennsylvania, changes in dairy cow numbers between 2007 and 2010 seem to be associated with the level of Marcellus drilling activity.
SALEM, Ohio — A 33-member group of Columbiana County landowners filed a lawsuit Feb. 27 against Chesapeake Exploration, LLC, claiming, among other things, that they were deprived of the “fair value right” of their land. Details According to the lawsuit, the landowners leased their 3,000 acres of land sometime in 2008 with Anschutz Exploration Corporation. The […]
Carroll County appears to be leading the pack again.
COLUMBUS — Drilling in the Marcellus shale is not new in Pennsylvania and it took some time to get an impact fee passed, so it has some wondering if Ohio could be next for such a fee. Rob Nichols, press secretary for Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich, said an impact fee is under consideration for […]
According to the legislation, 60 percent of the money generated will stay at the local level, going to counties and municipalities with wells.
Conference draws another sellout crowd — more than 1,000 attend.
I cannot believe that February is already half over. I know local farmers are working hard to finish up their farm taxes and are attending many of the great OSU Extension workshops being held across the region. Today, I would like to provide information on a bovine calving management workshop and about the financial and […]
FOX CHAPEL, Pa. — Penn State Extension Allegheny County will host the Local Food Showcase March 20 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Shadyside Academy, 423 Fox Chapel Road, in Fox Chapel, Pa. The event will bring together Western Pennsylvania food producers with consumers and food industry professionals and features an expo-style networking session. Local farmers […]
HARRISBURG, Pa. — After years of discussion and scrutiny, and months of lively debate and negotiation, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has signed a Local Impact Fee from the extraction of natural gas from underneath much of Pennsylvania. “This is monumental for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, its citizens, businesses and communities,” said Robert B. Maiden, Executive […]
WEXFORD, Pa. — Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association spoke out today after Governor Tom Corbett signed the Marcellus Shale impact fee into law. To get the details of the legislation, click here. President and Executive Director Louis D. D’Amico today issued the following statement regarding the enactment of the legislation: PIOGA and its […]