Pa. Sen. Wants Drillers To Disclose Landowner Liability

By Kurt Orzeck (January 15, 2015, 6:23 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania state senator on Wednesday formally reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would force gas drilling companies to tell landowners about potential liability they might face by allowing gas drilling on their property, before any gas mineral rights lease agreement is executed.

State Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf, R-Montgomery/Bucks, informed his colleagues Dec. 2 that he would be reintroducing SB 154 — which would amend the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act and is now named SB 53 — amid a significant uptick in natural gas drilling activity at a massive natural gas deposit in Marcellus Shale. The uptick led to a 300 percent...

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