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  1. Blank Rome Welcomes two energy partners in Pittsburgh

    Amy L. Barrette and Jeremy A. Mercer have joined Blank Rome LLP as partners in the energy, environment, and mass torts practice group. Barrette and Mercer join from Norton Rose Fulbright where their practices were focused on complex commercial litigation for upstream oil and gas companies. Barrette and Mercer are based in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. Barrette regularly advises upstream oil and gas companies in negotiations with the Pennsylvania DEP and the EPA. She also advises clients in federal and state court actions on a wide variety of issues, including alleged contamination of water supplies from natural gas drilling operations, personal injury, contract, royalty, zoning, lease disputes, and environmental practices, including Act 2 remediation. In addition to trial work, Barrette also regularly represents clients in matters before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board. Mercer counsels clients in the shale and hydraulic fracturing arena, advising on zoning ordinances and defending against lease invalidity claims and in litigation matters involving drilling-related contamination and health allegations. He has also counseled clients in matters involving rights-of-way, easement, and regulatory compliance. Mercer has extensive experience in state and federal courts, including trials and preliminary injunctions, as well as at the intermediate and appellate levels of the Pennsylvania courts. He has also represented clients in commercial litigation and arbitration matters in the real estate, employment, and healthcare industries. Mercer served as a law clerk to the United States Magistrate Judge Nancy A. Vecchiarelli in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, from August 2000 to 2002. He also served as a law clerk to the Franklin County (Ohio) Municipal Court from January to May in 2000. Barrette received her JD, cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law where she was a member of the Law Review. She received her BA, summa cum laude, from Washington and Jefferson College. Mercer received his JD, with honors, from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and his BA in Political Science, History, and Geography, summa cum laude, from Youngstown State University.  

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

  2. Natural gas drilling workers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to get back wages

    The U.S. Department of Labor says natural gas drilling contractors have agreed to pay nearly $4.5 million in back wages to 5,310 natural gas workers. 

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    Wed, 10 Dec 2014

  3. Natural gas drilling emissions standards proposed by EPA

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed standards to reduce air emissions from oil and natural gas drilling operations, such as hydraulic fracturing.

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    Thu, 28 Jul 2011

  4. Apache has more oil, natural gas drilling success in Egypt

    Houston independent Apache Corp. reported continued oil and natural gas drilling successes in Egypts Western Desert, saying the Tayim South 1-X well marked the companys highest oil rate completion there.

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    Wed, 21 Sep 2011

  1. Montana tribe breaks off talks over natural gas drilling on sacred land

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    Thu, 9 Jul 2015

  2. Study links swarm of quakes in Texas to natural gas drilling

    With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection. 

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    Tue, 21 Apr 2015

  3. Oil and Gas News: US finishes plan to protect Roan Plateau in western Colorado

    Federal land managers have taken another step toward protecting most of western Colorado's wild Roan Plateau from natural gas drilling , releasing a revised plan that puts many areas off-limits.

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    Wed, 29 Jun 2016

  4. Oil and Gas News: Maryland releases suggested revisions to gas drilling plan

    Maryland will consider revising its proposed regulations for the natural gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing in an effort to add safeguards for public health and the environment, a state agency announced Wednesday.

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    Thu, 23 Jun 2016

  5. W.Va. lawmakers OK bill to drop coal, natural gas surtax

    West Virginia is looking to drop surtaxes on coal mining and natural gas drilling . The surtaxes have helped pay a workers' compensation debt for years.

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    Thu, 25 Feb 2016

  6. Natural gas drilling pressure transmitters use 5,000% less energy

    JT400 MultiVariable Pressure Transmitters are newly introduced and declared to "use 5,000% less energy than traditional MVTs.

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    Fri, 20 Jun 2014

  7. Report offers insight on Michigan natural gas drilling industry

    A new report looks into the impediments of Michigan natural gas development.

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    Mon, 9 Sep 2013

  8. Dominion leases 100,000 acres of Marcellus shale for natural gas drilling

    Energy company Dominion leased an estimated 100,000 acres of the Marcellus shale in West Virginia to drill for natural gas.

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    Wed, 11 Dec 2013

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