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Subsurface Mining Rights Revisited

In Commonwealth v. Seneca Resources Corporation, 2014 LEXIS 608 (Pa. Commw. Ct., October 6, 2014), the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania revisited the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission's ("Commission") complaint that alleged that although Seneca Resources Corporation ("Seneca") possessed the rights to oil and gas under certain parcels of land owned by the Commission, the language in one of the deeds gave permission to Seneca to extract oil and gas only using methods that existed in 1928. In its January 2014 opinion the Commonwealth Court resolved some issues from the complaint but continued the case on the sole issue of whether Seneca's hydraulic fracturing extraction methods were restricted by the language of the 1928 deed.

Zoning Issues for a Well Pad Site in Post-Robinson Times

In Gorsline, et al. v. Board of Supervisors of Fairfield Township et al., No. 14-000130 (Lycoming Co. C.P., August 29, 2014), certain individuals appealed the decision of the Fairfield Township Board of Supervisors ("Fairfield") to grant a conditional use application to Inflection Energy, LLC ("Inflection") for the construction of an oil and gas well pad on private property located in a residential - agricultural zoned district.Dhagat, Hetal 143x200.jpg

Environmental Liability of Parent Corporations

In Trinity Industries v. Greenlease Holding Co., No. 08-1498, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61223 (W.D. Pa. May 2, 2014), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania held that parent corporation Ampco Pittsburgh Corporation ("Ampco") could not be held directly or derivatively liable for environmental contamination claims that allegedly stemmed from its subsidiary's activities.Dhagat, Hetal 143x200.jpg

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Addresses Subsurface Mining Rights

In Commonwealth v. Seneca Resources Corporation, 2014 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 76 (January 27, 2014), the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania held that language in a deed from 1928 may restrict the owner of oil and gas rights to oil and gas extraction methods that were in existence at the time of the deed.

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