Law Firms Rush To Help Drillers Navigate PA's Laws and Regulations
The Post-Gazette takes a look at one of the many law firms cashing in on Pennsylvania’s natural gas-drilling boom:
The companies hoping to tap the lucrative natural gas below much of Pennsylvania must first navigate a thicket of legal updates, legislative development and environmental regulations above it — all of which seem to change every day.
To assist, the attorneys at Downtown’s Babst Calland have done their homework so drillers don’t have to. The result: “Natural Gas Development in Pennsylvania: Recent Activities and Expected Trends,” a 45-page report on everything from land-use law to the Shell Oil Co. decision last month to build a massive petrochemical plant in Beaver County.
…The study — now in its second edition — is available for order on the firm’s website and traces shale gas development right up until Pennsylvania’s Act 13 legislation, which introduced a plethora of new regulations and practices to the industry just this month.