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Steptoe & Johnson presents first of three-part Utica Shale series

Columbus, Ohio - The Steptoe & Johnson Energy Team is pleased to announce the first of a three-part webinar series focusing on the development of Utica Shale Gas in Ohio. The first Webinar - "Special Considerations for Horizontal Drilling in the Utica Shale" - will be held on June 22, 2011 from noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT. All webinars in the series are free.

Since the late 1960s, conventional oil and gas well drilling in Ohio has been governed by a regulatory scheme which includes spacing and unit size rules formulated by drilling depth.

The oil and gas boom created by horizontal drilling has created issues related to both spacing and unit size, which must be addressed under Ohio's long-standing regulatory program. This webinar will examine the Ohio rules for spacing and unit size affecting horizontal drilling.

Presenter R. Neal Pierce, of Steptoe & Johnson?s Columbus office, will cover:

  • An overview of well spacing in Ohio,
  • An overview of Ohio's mandatory pooling rules and procedures,
  • Specific issues associated with mandatory pooling of horizontal well units,
  • Approaches to special field rules for horizontal wells, and
  • Selected permitting issues affecting horizontal well drilling.

To register for the free webinar, visit: http://www.steptoe-johnson.com/energywebinar1.aspx 

About the Presenter
R. Neal Pierce, the senior member of the Columbus energy team, brings more than 30 years oil and gas industry experience to Steptoe & Johnson where he focuses on energy law, Utica and Marcellus shale gas law, as well as conventional oil and gas law. Prior to joining the firm, Pierce served as general counsel for one of the largest exploration and production companies in the Appalachian Basin.

About Steptoe & Johnson
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a regional, business-focused firm with particular strengths in energy, labor, employment, and litigation. It comprises over 200 lawyers resident in ten locations throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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