"Pa. Ruling Leaves Room For Oil And Gas Reg Challenges," Law360

"Pa. Ruling Leaves Room For Oil And Gas Reg Challenges," Law360

October 16, 2019

Michael W. Aceto, a member of the firm’s Environmental Law and Toxic Tort practice groups, wrote an article for Law360 discussing hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania.

In “Pa. Ruling Leaves Room For Oil And Gas Reg Challenges,” Michael talks about the new opinion released by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania―which discusses a number of state-level regulations pertaining to oil and gas operations―and what it means for the Marcellus Shale Coalition v. Department of Environmental Protection of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania case. Michael analyzes the case by discussing on-site processing and monitoring requirements, the regulations regarding permitting residual waste, and new standards for well development impoundments.

“While public safety and environmental preservation are at the core of all monitoring requirements, enlarging the geographic zone of responsibility for well operators to the extent proposed may have created practical impossibility due to trespassing issues. Relatedly, those rules could have unfairly extended the scope of well operators’ liability to include wells which they have never owned or operated.”

Read the full article here:

Pa. Ruling Leaves Room For Oil And Gas Reg Challenges,Law360, October 10, 2019


More about Goldberg Segalla’s Michael W. Aceto:

Michael is a trial lawyer with experience defending companies and individuals in matters involving mass torts including asbestos, benzene, talc, mold, lead, and other chemicals, and dedicates a significant portion of his practice to complex product liability actions involving industrial equipment, commercial and consumer motor vehicles, construction machinery, and household consumer products. He also handles environmental matters in the areas of natural gas, hydraulic fracturing, water contamination, and air pollution. Michael regularly writes on emerging environmental issues impacting the regulated industry as a contributor to Goldberg Segalla’s Environmental Law Monitor, the firm’s weekly environmental publication.