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Ross Pifer

Ross Pifer
(814) 865-3723

LL.M., University of Arkansas
J.D., The Dickinson School of Law
B.S., Penn State

Professor Ross Pifer’s research focuses on shale gas development and the interface between agricultural and residential development. He has been an attorney with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of General Counsel, and he has advised military personnel and commands in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Great Britain, and Germany while on active duty with the U.S. Army JAG Corps at the Netherlands Law Center. He has presented widely throughout Pennsylvania, as well as nationally and internationally, on shale gas and agricultural law topics to audiences comprised of judges, attorneys, legislators, government officials, landowners, and the general public. 

Law Review Articles

“What a Short, Strange Trip It’s Been: Moving Forward after Five Years of Marcellus Shale Development,” 72 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 615 (2011)
“Drake Meets Marcellus: A Review of Pennsylvania Case Law Upon the Sesquicentennial of the Oil and Gas Industry,” 6 U. Tex. J. Oil, Gas, & Energy L. 47 (2010-2011)

“The Agriculture, Communities and Rural Environment Act: Protecting Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Operations from Unlawful Municipal Regulation,” 15Drake J. Agric. L. 109 (2010)

Book Chapters/Essays

“Should the European Union Proceed with the Implementation of New GMO Rules?,” FDLI’s Food and Drug Policy Forum, Volume 1, Issue 2 (Jan. 26, 2011)

“The Impact of Drilling on Surface Owner Rights,” Best of the Oil & Gas Law Colloquium (Pa. Bar Institute, Jan. 2011)

“Understanding Negligence Liability Against Rural Landowners,” Pioneer GrowingPoint Magazine (July 2010)

“The Rule of Capture in Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Law,” Oil & Gas Law Colloquium (Pa. Bar Institute 2009)

Invited Legislative Testimony

State Regulation of Dairy Pricing and the Dormant Commerce Clause,Informational Hearing on the Transparency of Dairy Pricing, Pennsylvania Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (Dec. 9, 2009)

Legal Issues Impacting Landowners, Informational Hearing on the Marcellus Shale Play, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Environmental Resources and Energy Committee (Apr. 15, 2009)