Pennsylvania’s Act 13 Impact Fee Revenues Rise

Act 13’s Impact Fee revenues are expected to surpass $630 million through 2014.

The majority of the funds are distributed to counties and municipalities across the Commonwealth for a variety of uses including environmental, public safety, infrastructure, emergency response and conservation programs.

Read the entire article on Pennsylvania Business Central here.

Local Pittsburgh Runner Competes Internationally

Congratulations to our T.C. Collins for successfully completing the Volkswagen Prague Marathon held May 11, 2014.

With more than 14,000 entrants, T.C. finished with a time of 3:44:19.

In addition to his outstanding running career, T.C. is a paralegal in our Pittsburgh office. He has more than 20 years experience working with restructuring and insolvency matters.

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Natural Gas Expanding as a Major Player in Transportation Fuels

The National Research Council recently recommended expanding the use of natural gas as transportation fuel along with a greater use of aerodynamic devices on trailers to reduce fuel consumption.

Under development by the National Highway Safety Administration, the National Research Council offered guidance for the “Phase II Rule” for reducing engine emissions and increasing fuel economy.

Read the entire article here.

Spilman SuperVision Symposium Helps Businesses Prepare for What’s Next

Spilman recently hosted more than 70 business leaders from the Mid-Atlantic region for the law firm’s Pittsburgh SuperVision™ symposium, which focused on helping businesses prepare for what’s next in employment challenges.

Presentations discussed what’s next across the spectrum of HR hot topics such as:

  • What’s Next with Arbitration Agreements: Controlling Employee Litigation and Related Costs
  • What’s Next from the NLRB: Shaping the Way Employers Focus on Their Workforces
  • What’s Next for Restrictive Covenants: Protecting Your Human Capital and Trade Secrets
  • What’s Next For You? A Discussion of the Next Wave of Critical Employment Issues

The symposium concluded with a lively question-and-answer session with Spilman attorneys.

The popular SuperVision™ event series was launched eight years ago by Spilman’s labor and employment group, which has been recognized nationally for representation of management in employment disputes.

The symposia are complimentary and are offered in various locations throughout Spilman’s geographical footprint each year.

 

Dave Kerns provides insight on key employment issues

Dave Kern, Global Brass and Copper, provides insight on key employment issues

Spilman's Larissa Dean and Jeff Patton address the crowd

Spilman’s Larissa Dean and Jeff Patton address the crowd

Our clients and attorneys discuss upcoming issues regarding labor and employment

Our clients and attorneys discuss upcoming issues regarding labor and employment

For more information, please visit our website.

Major Natural Gas Power Plant Announcement Indicates Different Uses for Marcellus & Utica Shale Gas

Spilman recently provided legal and environmental counsel for a $615 million natural gas combined-cycle power plant to be built in Moundsville, W.Va.

The 37-acre site will be home to Moundsville Power’s 549 megawatt facility.

The plant will utilize $105 million of natural gas annually sourced from West Virginia producers and processors – proving that Marcellus and Utica Shale gas has broad reach in terms of economic development.

Read the entire article here.

Climate Action Breathes New Life into Oil & Gas Air Regulations

On March 28, 2014, the White House released its Climate Action Plan Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. The oil and natural gas sectors are clearly in the cross-hairs for reductions.

The report indicates the oil and natural gas sector was responsible for 28 percent of man-made methane emissions in 2012 – second only to the agricultural sector, which accounts for 36 percent of emissions.

According to the report, “[t]here are cost-effective technologies and best management practices to capture methane from venting and leaks across the entire oil and natural gas value chain.”

With such a conclusion, federal regulations mandating methane controls for the oil and natural gas industry seem almost inevitable.

The only question remaining is this: How pervasively will the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) regulate methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector?

Read the entire article here.