SHALE PLAY ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS
Recorded March 26, 2015
Moderator: Armando F. Benincasa, Esquire
Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN WEST VIRGINIA OIL & GAS: WHAT TAX AND GROWTH INCENTIVES ARE IN THE WEST VIRGINIA CODE
TO HELP GROW OR RELOCATE A BUSINESS IN WEST VIRGINIA
This topic will provide a tutorial on the programs available in the statutes and real world examples of how they work.
Joshua L. Jarrell, Deputy Secretary & Legal Counsel
WV Department of Commerce
CUTTING THROUGH PROSSER’S IMPENETRABLE JUNGLE: THE TORT OF NUISANCE IN THE SHALE GAS PLAYS
Nuisance claims are getting more attention because of a large verdict against a natural gas operator in Texas last year. This presentation
examines the law of nuisance and the types of claims that may be asserted against hydraulic fracturing operations under this vague tort.
Special consideration will be given to defenses and the law of damages, with an evaluation of how the recent West Virginia decision modifying
the law of residential real property damages may impact nuisance claims.
Albert F. Sebok, Esquire
Jackson Kelly, PLLC
UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED YOU LOSE -- POOLING OIL AND GAS IN WEST VIRGINIA
This presentation will cover the legal theories and practical reasons for pooling of separate oil and gas tracts to form one or more units,
and various arguments against pooling. It will survey the most important cases with an emphasis on West Virginia decisions. It will conclude
with a summary of the integration and pooling bills that have been adopted and considered by the West Virginia legislature.
George A. Patterson, III, Esquire
Bowles Rice, LLP
THE OSHA INSPECTOR IS HERE – WHAT NEXT?: AN OVERVIEW OF OSHA FROM INSPECTION THROUGH CONTEST
The shale boom has created many new construction and manufacturing projects for midstream operators. These infrastructure projects are creating
plant facilities built for the gathering, processing, fractionation and transportation of energy. This construction activity, and subsequent operations, has
or will capture the attention of OSHA. This presentation provides an overview of OSHA's jurisdiction, its legal authority for inspections, and practical
information about how to respond to OSHA, from the initial inspection through the contest and appeal.
John A. McCreary, Jr., Esquire
Pittsburgh, PA & Charleston, WV
THE NEW AMENDMENTS TO THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: THE POTENTIAL IMPACT ON THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
OF THE WEST VIRGINIA OIL AND GAS FIELDS
The Endangered Species Act discussion will cover the multidistrict litigation that resulted in a schedule for the US Fish &
Wildlife Service to make
affirmative determinations on whether to list more
than 1,000 candidate species. This session will include an update on the
proposals for the Northern
Long-Eared Bat, which is indigenous to WV and 37
other states. An assessment of the Endangered Species Act rulemakings, listing
agency funding will also be discussed.
Kathy G. Beckett, Esquire
Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC
This seminar has been accredited for 5.0 WV MCLE credits.