1Providing for operators of unconventional wells to make certain
2reports to the Department of Environmental Protection;
3imposing duties on the department; and repealing provisions
4in Title 58 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.

5The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
6hereby enacts as follows:

7Section 1. Short title.

8This act shall be known and may be cited as the
9Unconventional Well Report Act.

10Section 2. Definitions.

11The following words and phrases when used in this act shall
12have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
13context clearly indicates otherwise:

14"Department." The Department of Environmental Protection of
15the Commonwealth.

16"Operator." A well operator.

17"Unconventional formation." A geological shale formation
18existing below the base of the Elk Sandstone or its geologic

1equivalent stratigraphic interval where natural gas generally
2cannot be produced at economic flow rates or in economic volumes
3except by vertical or horizontal well bores stimulated by
4hydraulic fracture treatments or by using multilateral well
5bores or other techniques to expose more of the formation to the
6well bore.

7"Unconventional well." A bore hole drilled or being drilled
8for the purpose of or to be used for the production of natural
9gas from an unconventional formation.

10Section 3. Unconventional well reports.

11(a) Duty to report.--The operator of an unconventional well
12shall file with the department, on a form provided by the
13department, a monthly report specifying the amount of production
14on the most well-specific basis available.

15(b) Timing and contents.--The initial report under this act
16shall be filed by February 15, 2015, and specify the status of
17each well. In subsequent reports, only changes in status must be
18reported. Subsequent monthly reports shall be filed with the
19department on or before the 15th day of each month and shall
20include production data from the preceding reporting period.

21(c) Use of reports.--The Commonwealth may utilize
22information contained in reports filed under this act in
23enforcement proceedings, in making designations or
24determinations under section 1927-A of the act of April 9, 1929
25(P.L.177, No.175), known as The Administrative Code of 1929, or
26in aggregate form for statistical purposes.

27(d) Posting.--The department shall make the reports
28available on its publicly accessible Internet website.

29(e) Costs.--Costs incurred by the department to comply with
30the requirements of this section shall be paid out of the fees

1collected under 58 Pa.C.S. § 3211(d) (relating to well permits).

2Section 4. Repeals.

3Repeals are as follows:

4(1) The General Assembly declares that the repeal under
5paragraph (2) is necessary to effectuate this act.

6(2) The provisions of 58 Pa.C.S. § 3222(a.1) are

8Section 5. Effective date.

9This act shall take effect as follows:

10(1) Section 4 shall take effect February 15, 2015.

11(2) The remainder of this act shall take effect