The Pennsylvania League of Women Voters recently completed a year-long study on Marcellus shale. Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team was a significant participant in many of the local LWV meetings, providing education and research-based information as members developed their study guide.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the creation of the ‘Eyes on Drilling’ tip line for citizens to report non-emergency suspicious activity related to oil and natural gas development.
The PA Supreme Court issued an opinion interpreting the Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act. The Court's opinion finds in favor of the gas company, meaning that leases can provide for calculation of royalties that deduct post-production costs from the amount due the landowners.
Pipeline infrastructure provides a crucial link between natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale and the processors and consumers who use that gas. Landowners across Pennsylvania are increasingly being asked to lease land for pipeline right-of-ways. This article provides information about pipeline construction and maintenance requirements, the leasing process, and issues landowners might consider when negotiating their right-of-way agreements.