Can A Driller Trespass While Fracking On Its Own Lease?

By Donald Jackson (January 30, 2019, 4:05 PM EST) -- Pennsylvania, the nation's second largest natural gas producing state after Texas[1], may be poised to decide an important issue in the evolving law of trespass and hydraulic fracturing. In November 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted review in Briggs v. Southwestern Energy Company[2] on the issue of whether a driller can be held liable in trespass for hydraulically fracturing a well located entirely on the driller's own lease. The first brief is currently due later this month.[3]

The issue in Briggs will be closely watched in the energy business, because hydraulic fracturing has been responsible for over half of current U.S....

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