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New Legislation Proposes to Increase Marcellus Well Data Disclosure Requirements

Posted: September 26, 2010

New legislation has been introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to further expand reporting requirements for Marcellus Shale wells.

by Michael A. Magee, Research Assistant

House Bill 381 proposes to amend section 212 of the Oil and Gas Act by requiring that Marcellus Shale well operators report waste production data to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on a semi-annual basis.

This proposed amendment follows changes to section 212 that were enacted earlier this year, requiring well operators to file initial status and production reports to DEP by August 15, 2010, and semi-annually thereafter. The recently enacted legislation also mandates that DEP make these reports available on its Web site starting November 1, 2010. 58 PA. STAT. § 601.212.

The proposed amendments to section 212 would add further requirements to well operators’ disclosure obligations. In addition to production data, operators would be required to disclose data about the waste generated by each well and the facilities that have accepted that waste for disposal, treatment, or reuse.

For more information on natural gas issues, visit the Natural Gas Resource Area of the Agricultural Law Center Web site.

From the September 2010 edition of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Agricultural Law Brief