PRIOR PRINTER'S NOS. 412, 3837
PRINTER'S NO. 3881
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY PICKETT, BAKER, CLYMER, FLECK, GABLER, GINGRICH, GROVE, C. HARRIS, HESS, KRIEGER, MAJOR, MILLARD, MOUL, MURT, STEVENSON, SWANGER, WHITE AND DENLINGER, JANUARY 29, 2013
AS AMENDED ON SECOND CONSIDERATION, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, JUNE 27, 2014
1Imposing duties on lessees of oil and natural gas leases; and
2providing for the recording of surrender documents from oil
3and natural gas leases and of affidavits of termination<-,
4expiration or cancellation.
7Section 1. Short title.
10Section 2. Definitions.
1or natural gas lease.
2"Oil or natural gas lease." A lease between a lessor and
3lessee for the extraction of oil or natural gas, or both, from
4the land of the lessor and which lease is recorded with the
5recorder of deeds of the county in which the land is located.
19(5) The signature of the lessee.
20Section 3. Lessee duty to provide surrender document.
21(a) General rule.--Not more than 30 days after the
22termination<-, expiration or cancellation of an oil or natural gas
23lease, the lessee shall deliver to the lessor, without cost to
24the lessor, a surrender document in recordable form.
1to negotiate a new oil or natural gas lease.
2Section 4. Failure to provide surrender document.
7(1) A statement that:
15(iv) If the surrender document is not received by
16the date of termination<-, expiration or cancellation, the
17lessor has a right to record an affidavit of termination<-,
18expiration or cancellation of an oil or natural gas lease
19in the office of the recorder of deeds for the county in
20which the land is situated.
30(6) If there is a well on the land, the name or number
1of the well, if known to the lessor.
7(b) Manner of service.--Service of the notice under
8subsection (a) shall be effected either personally or by
9certified mail to the lessee's last known business address, or,
10if service cannot be made by those means, by publication once a
11week for two weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the
12county where the land is situated.
13(c) Challenge to notice <-of termination or cancellation.--If,
14after receiving a notice of termination<-, expiration or
15cancellation under subsection (b), the lessee disputes that the
16oil or natural gas lease will be terminated<-, expired or canceled
17on the date stated in the notice, the lessee must, not more than
1830 days after receipt of the notice, deliver a written challenge
19to the lessor.
20(d) Effect of no challenge.--A lessor who has served a
21notice under subsection (a) and fails to receive a timely
22challenge from the lessee under subsection (c) may record an
23affidavit of termination<-, expiration or cancellation of an oil
24or natural gas lease in the office of the recorder of deeds for
25the county in which the land is situated.
1(1) The names and addresses of the lessor and lessee.
12(7) A statement that the lessor complied with its duty
13to serve a notice to the lessee under section 4(a) and that
14the lessee failed to provide a timely challenge to the notice
15as provided by section 4(c).
16(8) A notarized signature of the lessor.
17(b) Duty of recorder of deeds.--A recorder of deeds who
18receives an affidavit of termination<-, expiration or cancellation
19that satisfies the provisions of this section shall record the
21Section 6. Effective date.
22This act shall take effect in 60 days.