Pa. Bill To Protect Fracking Leaseholders Stalls In Committee

Law360, Philadelphia (March 11, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania bill aimed at ensuring that landowners receive fixed minimum royalties from unconventional gas leases received a setback on Tuesday, when a House committee was unable to agree to move the bill to a vote.

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee ultimately voted to table House Bill 1684, which aims to stop gas companies from lowering royalties below a one-eighth threshold deducting post-production costs, ostensibly because of a minor inconsistency in the phrasing of the bill.

The vote to table passed even after sponsor...
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