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Steve Saunders to Speak Before Pennsylvania Bar on Natural Gas Pipeline Agreements

Steve Saunders, who was a presenter at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s annual Oil and Gas Law Conference in September, has been asked to speak on natural gas pipeline agreements at another PBI event to be held on January 25 at the PBI Conference Center in Harrisburg.  Mr. Saunders’ presentation will be Webcast and Simulcast to sixteen locations across Pennsylvania and will available to hundreds of lawyers seeking to gain knowledge about this developing and complex area of oil and gas law.  Read the Course Brochure for more information about the program.  The Pennsylvania Bar Institute is the continuing legal education arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and according to the PBI, its programs are “taught, and our books are written, by practicing lawyers, judges, and law professors who are widely recognized as the leading experts in their field, and who have proven their abilities as teachers, public speakers, and writers.”

Saunders has also been part of the team of presenters for the Penn State Cooperative Extension’s Marcellus Education Series team which brings information on natural gas issues to the general public throughout the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania, including some of the programs listed below.  Information about upcoming Penn State Cooperative Extension educational programs is available at:

Wayne County 9-8-10
Tioga County 9-9-10
Lackawanna County 11-16-10
Sullivan County 12-15-10

Steve Saunders Frequent Media Source for Information on Natural Gas Issues

Steve Saunders was interviewed by the Scranton Times for two separate news stories on developments in the Marcellus Shale gas play.  Saunders was asked to comment on the controversial application of Laser Marcellus Gathering LLC (now Laser Northeast LLC) for a certificate of public convenience from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to operate gathering lines to transport natural gas to a federally-regulated interstate transmission line in New York State.  The possibility of the use of eminent domain by state or federally certificated companies as an alternative to negotiating for easements for gathering lines is a topic of public concern.  Read the full article at  Saunders was also asked to comment on a recent ruling in a federal lawsuit Kropa v. Cabot Oil & Gas involving claims of fraud and violation of Pennsylvania’s Minimum Royalty statute in the negotiation of natural gas leases.  The article can be found at  Steve is representing clients in litigation involving lease disputes and mineral rights claims in both federal and state courts.