Posts Authored by Matt Warnock

States could have limited abilities to block pipeline projects

States could soon have limited abilities to block natural gas pipelines and other energy projects from going forward, according to Crain’s Cleveland Business. Insiders with the Trump Administration have reportedly said that this legislation, targeted at states in the Northwest U.S., could come in the form of an executive order. Recently the state of New York used a provision of the Clean Water Act to block a pipeline project that was previously approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). For more, read the full story.

National

Court distinguishes oil and gas land professionals from real estate agents/brokers

On December 19, S.B. 263 was signed into law by Governor Kasich, establishing the concept of an “oil and gas professional.” This distinction is important because it separates those involved in the purchase and sale of oil and gas land from the licensure requirements imposed on real estate agents and brokers. Despite this exemption, oil and gas land professionals are still required to fulfill newly-established registration requirements, including an annual fee and membership within a national oil and gas land professional group. This topic has been a source of debate within the court system, so the new law is a welcome resolve within Ohio’s oil and gas industry.  

Ohio

Bricker partners with Ohio advancement groups to host economic development trainings

Attorneys within Bricker & Eckler's economic development practice have partnered with APEG, JobsOhio and OEDA to design and host EDNow!, an upcoming economic development training program. EDNow! empowers elected and appointed community leaders, especially those within Southern and Eastern Ohio, to guide their local communities’ futures with cutting-edge economic development strategies. Buckeye Hills Regional Council, OVRDC and OMEGA have also assisted with this initiative.

The program will be offered in various Ohio locations on September 26 and October 10. For more information, including the schedule, location details and ticket information, visit the EDNow! event page.

Ohio

Ohio EPA issues general permit authorization for storm water discharges

On September 17, 2018, Ohio EPA issued its General Permit Authorization for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Activity from Oil and Gas Linear Transmission Line and Gathering Line Installation (the General Permit). Ohio EPA issued the permit in final form, effective immediately (with an effective date of September 17, 2018). Parties wishing to challenge the General Permit may do so by filing an appeal with the Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC) within 30 days of the permit issuance – by October 17, 2018. For more, read the full story.

Ohio