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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: June 6, 2019 09:24 AM
From: Senator Joseph B. Scarnati, III
To: All Senate members
Subject: Conventional Oil and Gas Wells Act
In the near future I plan to introduce legislation that would create a conventional oil and gas wells act, with provisions that make it reflective of today’s conventional industry. This bill would be complementary to the action taken by the General Assembly and the Governor in recent years that called for separate regulations for the unique family owned conventional oil and gas operators, as opposed to the Act 13 of 2012 regulated unconventional (Marcellus and Utica) gas industry.

The conventional oil and gas industry has been in Pennsylvania and contributing to our economy for more than a century and a half. From 1984 until 2012, the conventional oil and gas industry complied with the Oil and Gas Act, which was specifically crafted for the size and scope of their operations. As a result of the Marcellus shale boom, Act 13 updated the Oil and Gas Act to deal with the uniqueness of the much larger unconventional industry. Some provisions of Act 13 placed additional burdens on the much smaller conventional producers. Over time, this has brought the conventional industry to near collapse.

To help alleviate this, my legislation will provide a legislative framework for regulations specific to conventional oil and gas drillers in a way that protects the environment while preserving this valuable industry.

Please join me in sponsoring this important legislation. If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Adam Pankake in my office at 7-7084 or apankake@pasen.gov.

Introduced as SB790