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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 7, 2022 10:28 AM
From: Representative Clint Owlett
To: All House members
Subject: Allowing Nonsurface Drilling on State Lands to Stop Reliance on Russian Energy
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has made clear the devastating consequences of many countries relying on a geopolitical foe for their energy needs. Thankfully, we have the means within our Commonwealth and nation to increase our domestic production to become energy independent here in America and to provide our resources to help power our allies throughout the world.
One of the key ways that we can do so is to allow for the extraction of our oil and gas resources underneath our state lands, which unfortunately has not been possible based on the Governor’s moratorium on new leases. We can do this in a way that preserves our state lands the way they are now in an environmentally conscious manner by requiring that the surface well site be placed outside of state property. The revenue generated from leasing the subsurface rights will create a vital, continuous source of money that will be used to promote and protect our environment in Pennsylvania, but most importantly put us on a path where we as a country are not relying on Russian gas.
The legislation which I will introduce will require the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to establish a program to lease the subsurface rights under state lands for oil and gas development. Please join me in cosponsoring this important and timely legislation to take positive steps towards securing our energy independence.

Introduced as HB2461