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Mar 07

2/16/12 New shale regulation may prompt lawsuit – Attorney John Smith quoted

New shale regulation may prompt lawsuit Municipalities want return of local authority to determine locations of gas wells Thursday, February 16, 2012 By Janice Crompton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On the same evening that Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation that will overhaul the Marcellus Shale gas drilling industry and curtail local control, several municipalities in Washington County …

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Feb 14

2/14/12 Robinson to contest new law – Attorney John Smith quoted

Robinson to contest new law 2/14/2012 3:30 AM McDONALD – The same day Gov. Tom Corbett added his signature to the state’s new natural gas impact fee bill, one local municipality took steps to challenge the new statute. The Robinson Township Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to have its solicitor take action to protect the …

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Dec 01

12/1/11 Officials in Washington County Township say shale-related cost leads to cut in police service – Attorney John Smith quoted

Officials in Washington County Township say shale-related cost leads to cut in police service Thursday, December 01, 2011 By Andrea Iglar Several years into the Marcellus Shale boom, officials in Robinson, Washington County, have seen effects of the natural gas drilling industry on their landscape, budget and workload. Robinson has hired a full-time manager, initiated …

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Sep 23

9/23/11 Land deal of 1880s in center court over shale rights – Attorney John Smith quoted

Land deal of 1880s in center court over shale rights Friday, September 23, 2011 By Laura Olson, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau HARRISBURG — A Northern Pennsylvania court will soon take another look at a case stemming from an 1880s land deal in an effort to determine who owns the valuable Marcellus Shale gas deep below the …

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May 31

5/31/11 Attorney John M. Smith was a presenter at the Washington County Bar Association

May 27, 2011 – Attorney John M. Smith was a presenter at the Washington County Bar Association regarding oil and gas litigation matters. Attorney Smith’s presentation was part of the Bar Association’s Continued Legal Education (CLE) program.

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May 27

5/27/11 Attorney John M. Smith published in Duquesne University’s Law Review

May 31, 2011 – Attorney John M. Smith was published in Duquesne University’s Law Review entitled “The Prodigal Son Returns: Oil and Gas Drillers Return to Pennsylvania with a Vengeance Are Municipalities Prepared?” Volume 49, Number 1, Winter 2011. The article examines the current relationship between state and local regulation of the oil and gas industry …

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May 26

5/26/11 Resident suing over foul odor at gas well’s wastewater site – Attorney Kendra L. Smith quoted

Resident suing over foul odor at gas well’s wastewater site Alleges inspector blocked by DEP Thursday, May 26, 2011 By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Something stinks around a Marcellus Shale wastewater reservoir operated by Range Resources in Amwell, Washington County, according to a local resident’s lawsuit, but a state Department of Environmental Protection inspector said …

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Apr 19

4/19/11 Municipal regulations giving gas drillers headaches, bills – Attorney John Smith mentioned

Municipal regulations giving gas drillers headaches, bills Tuesday, April 19, 2011 By Erich Schwartzel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The natural gas wells in Cecil look a little different than those found across the border in Mount Pleasant. The Cecil wells have sound barriers that surround the rig, and the ponds that store water left over from operations …

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Apr 14

April 14, 2011 – Attorney Thomas M. Butz and Attorney John M. Smith recently spoke before Sewickley Natural Areas Network

April 14, 2011 – Attorney Thomas M. Butz and Attorney John M. Smith recently spoke before Sewickley Natural Areas Network. Attorney Butz and Attorney Smith discussed gas leasing, regulation, and estate planning for leaseholders. Both discussed information to consider when leasing oil, gas, and other minerals, such as royalty payments, bonus monies, and the actual lease …

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Apr 13

4/13/11 Controls touted under proposed drilling plan – Attorney John Smith quoted

April 13, 2011 – Attorney John M. Smith was cited in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and quoted by WDUQ on its NPR station for his involvement in Mt. Pleasant Township as solicitor and special environmental counsel. At a public hearing, Attorney Smith discussed various protective measures that can be implemented by local municipalities to better oversee the …

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