A Step Toward A Surface-Damages Act In Pa.

Law360, New York (June 19, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Introduced in February with little fanfare, House Bill 2227 proposes to change significantly the relationship between surface owners and oil and gas operators in Pennsylvania.

Cast as an amendment to the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act,[1] the bill would substantially change existing Pennsylvania law by rendering well operators liable for any “damage” to the surface area, and requiring compensation for loss of surface use, resulting from oil and gas operations.

At the same time, the bill would confer on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”)...
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