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Appeals court sides with Chesapeake on royalties


Max B. Baker | The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Barnett Shale landowners fighting to keep Chesapeake Energy from deducting post-production costs from their royalty checks were dealt a potentially serious blow by two recent federal appeals court decisions, which stated that the gas-drilling giant is allowed to do so under the terms of their leases. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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EDITORIAL: For drillers, no means no


Our opinion: The state’s highest court says municipalities can block local drilling operations. State lawmakers need to keep it that way. In ruling that communities could ban hydrofracking within their borders, the state’s highest court rightly rebuffed the gas industry’s attempt to use state law to impose drilling on unwilling hosts. The industry tried to use the Oil, Gas and ...

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NY state appeals court ruling deepens divide on fracking


T.J. Pignataro & Tom Precious | The Buffalo News ALBANY — Like most issues that concern fracking, a sharp division in sentiment followed Monday’s ruling by the state’s highest court that sided with two towns in upholding their right to ban the drilling through zoning ordinances. Opponents of the extraction method for natural gas called hydraulic fracturing hailed the court’s ...

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NY Court upholds local frack bans


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media New York’s State Court of Appeals upheld a ruling today allowing municipalities to ban hydraulic fracturing. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that in a 5-2 decision, the Court affirmed a 2013 ruling saying the state’s oil and gas laws don’t overrule the local government’s power to control development by land zoning. The Court also stressed that ...

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Court: BP must pay Clean Water Act fines for spill

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Janet McConnaughey | Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company’s failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The oil came from a well owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., so they are liable, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. It ...

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BP asks U.S. Supreme Court justice to block Gulf spill payments


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – BP Plc <BP.L> on Wednesday asked Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to allow the company to avoid making payments to businesses demanding compensation for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while litigation continues. The company acted after the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted an injunction earlier in the day that had prevented ...

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Court upholds $121 million award against Chesapeake

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Jim Fuquay, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an award of $121 million against Chesapeake Energy on Thursday in a case where it dropped a deal to buy more than 500 oil and gas leaseholds in Texas. Preston Exploration Co., based in The Woodlands, north of Houston, and two other parties sued Chesapeake in ...

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