Shale Gas Group Proposes New Water Sampling Practices

Law360, Philadelphia (August 28, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT) -- The Marcellus Shale Coalition released new recommended practices Tuesday calling for natural gas producers to take groundwater samples prior to commencing any drilling activity, practices that could protect drillers from a presumption of liability for any contamination later discovered near gas wells.

The new guidance comes after the February passage of Pennsylvania's Act 13, a sweeping set of rules governing natural gas drilling that included a provision wherein drillers face a presumption of liability for any water contamination that occurs with 12 months and 2,500 feet...
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