Small Law Firms: Marcellus Shale Legal Trends

August 4, 2011

Thinking of taking a summer or fall vacation to Pennsylvania this year? 

You might need to bring your camping gear instead of staying in a local hotel. Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts are booked, but not with the typical vacation traveler.  Accommodations are booked with “out-of-town” guests who are living and working in Pennsylvania and surrounding northeast states. What’s the draw? A new roller coaster or water park?  No, it’s the Marcellus Shale formation.

The Marcellus Shale lies miles beneath the earth’s surface and is said to be the largest source of domestic natural gas yet to be completely uncovered in the United States. The extent of the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation runs across portions of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey, Kentucky and Tennessee, and even Alabama.

This new discovery has led to the exploration and production of natural gas which in turn, has also presented significant economic, environmental and legal challenges in these northeast states. The result: new practice area opportunities are emerging for law firms. This natural gas find impacts multiple law firm practice areas such as energy, environmental, tax, real property, commerce, local government, zoning, estate planning, criminal law, contract law, worker’s compensation, and more.

Interested in learning more about Marcellus Shale and the current legal developments?  Click on Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling: Legal Trends or Navigating Legal Issues around the Marcellus Shale: An Immediate Look at the Benefits and Consequences of Hydraulic Fracturing and Horizontal Drilling. These two new hot topic titles present commentary and expert analysis on the legal trends surrounding the natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region.

West LegalEdcenter® will be hosting multiple webcasts starting in September on the Marcellus Shale topic including hydro-fracking, environmental concerns, extraction, production, domestic and offshore exploration, drilling leases, associated litigation, and more. Visit West LegalEdcenter for upcoming webcast times and dates.