Monthly Archives: July 2012

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Declares Portions of New Oil and Gas Law Unconstitutional

Earlier this year, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law Act 13, which repealed Pennsylvania’s existing Oil and Gas Act and replaced it with a codified statutory framework regulating oil and gas operations in the Commonwealth.  Soon after Act 13’s enactment, … Continue reading

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Marcellus Shale Court Ruling: No Implied Right to Use Property as Disposal Facility for Drilling Waste

On July 25, 2012, in EXCO Resources (PA), LLC v. New Forestry, LLC, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania held that an oil and gas lessee did not have an implied right to use the … Continue reading

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Industry Getting Organized: Looking for More Effective Advocacy on Green Building Standards, Including LEED®?

A coalition of more than 27 building and construction industry associations announced the formation of the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC) to “promote and support the development of sustainable building standards, which are based on consensus and scientific performance data.” As … Continue reading

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Has Intellectual Property Failure Doomed US Solar Power?

Widely circulated recent news reports have chronicled the rise of the solar industries of China (with a huge projected increase in sales for 2012 over 2011) and Japan (a lesser but still significant increase).  A further interesting development is Saudi … Continue reading

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Have the Patent Wars Begun for Solar?

In the last 25 years one way to know that you have a successful company or industry is if you get sued for patent infringement.  Put another way, patent infringement cases are expensive, so it only makes sense to sue … Continue reading

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