Pa. Gas Rights Bill Must Protect Titleholders, Panel Hears

Law360, Philadelphia (March 19, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT) -- Energy industry experts told a Pennsylvania Senate committee Tuesday that a bill designed to give landowners a leg up in quiet title cases seeking ownership of dormant subsurface gas rights lacked a sufficient mechanism to ensure that plaintiffs thoroughly searched for pre-existing owners.

Attorneys for gas drilling companies and industry groups told the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee that SB258 — legislation that would provide a surface landowner with a rebuttable presumption that subsurface rights have been abandoned in his or her favor after a 50-year...
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