Pratt's Energy Law Report, LexisNexis

Authors: Lucas Liben Thomas J. Galligan

The Supreme Courts of Ohio and Pennsylvania both issued decisions of interest to oil and gas operators in their respective jurisdictions. These two cases represent the first major oil and gas decisions in 2015 from both of these high courts.

The Supreme Court of Ohio and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania both issued decisions of interest to oil and gas operators in their respective jurisdictions. In Wayne Harrison, et al. v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.,1 the Pennsylvania high court found that a lessee was not entitled to an equitable extension of the primary term where the lessor brought an unsuccessful declaratory judgment action to invalidate the lease.

Meanwhile, in State ex rel. Morrison v. Beck Energy Corp.,2 the Supreme Court of Ohio reinforced the regulation of oil and gas development at the state level when it struck down city ordinances that imposed additional permitting requirements on oil and gas drilling.

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