Webinar to Explore Recent Shale Legislative and Regulatory Developments

Posted: June 5, 2017

While Pennsylvania shale permits hit an eight-year low in 2016, issues relating to leasing, operations, air quality, and royalties have been in the news. Numerous legislative bills and regulatory changes have been proposed to respond to these issues.

This month’s shale webinar will provide a current legislative and regulatory update pertaining to shale energy.

Join Ross Pifer, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law at Penn State Law, Thursday, June 15th from 1 to 2 PM ET as he provides an update on legislation and regulatory proposals regarding shale development.

As it has in past years, the General Assembly is actively considering a number of legislative issues related to shale development. “Shale development and broader energy policy have been hot topics at both the state and national level recently,” states Pifer. “In this webinar, I will review legislation that was enacted by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in the last legislative session as well as bills that are under current consideration. I also will review regulatory proposals from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and discuss changes at the national level during the initial months of the Trump Administration.”

While free, registrations for the educational webinars are necessary. All can go to the Penn State Extension Natural Gas Events page to register and to find out more information for each upcoming webinar. For more information, contact Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or by email at

Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team provides monthly webinars on a variety of topics. Upcoming webinars this summer include:

  • June 15 Shale Legislative and Regulatory Update, Ross Pifer, Clinical Professor at Penn State Law, Director of the Rural Economic Development Clinic and the Director of the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law
  • July 20 Assessment of Atmospheric Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production along the Northeastern Marcellus Shale, Zachary R. Barkley, Penn State M.S. Research Assistant, Department of Meteorology, PSU and Thomas Lauvaux, Penn State Senior Research Associate, Associate Professor of Meteorology
  • August 17 Shale Gas Pipelines Drive Habitat Conversion and Fragmentation in Pennsylvania Forests Lillie A. Langlois, PhD Candidate, Brittingham Lab, Pennsylvania State University
  • September 21 Gas, Cracker, Polymers, Pellets - Ethane’s Journey to Plastics  2 to 3 PM Jason Williams, Engineering Research and Industry Interaction Coordinator and Sr. Lecturer in Engineering, PLET, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College and Dan Brockett, Penn State Extension Educator

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website, covering a variety of topics such as liquid natural gas, global gas markets; methane emissions; water use and quality; Marcellus and Utica basins; natural gas reserves; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.