|Posted:||August 12, 2013 02:15 PM|
|From:||Representative Michele Brooks|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Oil & Gas Conservation Pooling and Apportionment Repeals|
|As you know, oil and natural gas production have become important components of both our state’s heritage, and our economy. In fact, the oil industry was founded in Pennsylvania over 150 years ago and with the development of the Marcellus; we have become one of the world’s leading natural gas producers. And, this industry has been a significant source of jobs, state and local taxes, fees, and commerce.
However, while we need to continue to promote energy production, it is essential that we do so in a manner in which balances the rights of the landowners from which oil and gas are harvested. More specifically, I believe we need to ensure that each property owner has the ability to fully negotiate the terms under which their oil and gas rights are leased.
Accordingly, in the near future, I plan to introduce the following legislative items.
Introduced as HB1731
|Description:||1) Legislation that repeals involuntary pooling provisions in the Oil and Gas Conservation Law (Act 359 of 1961).
Introduced as HB1732
|Description:||2) Legislation that will repeal Section 2.1 of the Oil and Gas Lease Act (Act 60 of 1979 as amended by Act 66 of 2013) to ensure that no landowner is ever involuntarily placed into a production unit.