Law on gas drilling still in flux…

From The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA 1/29/10:

BENTON – With interest increasing in drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale, there’s a whole swirl of legislation related to it being considered in Harrisburg, but much of it comes down to money. “A lot of what goes on in Harrisburg is who’s gonna pay to make the pie and who’s going to get a piece,” said state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Lycoming. “The fight is how we’re going to divide up the pie. …

We want to see the Commonwealth get its fair share, but we also don’t want to … go New York on them and drive them away.” …  Everett described the intention and status of nearly 20 bills throughout the legislature, noting that they fit into four categories: taxation and where the money goes, water protection, access to information and surface-owner rights. While some likely won’t ever see a vote, Everett said a few will probably pass this session, including a bill that would require companies to release well production information within six months instead of the current five years. …

Robert Yowell, the director of the DEP’s north-central regional office, said the rush to drill in the shale happened so quickly that DEP is still trying to catch up with regulations. Likewise, he said, companies are still becoming acquainted with differences here from where they’re used to drilling. “When they first came to town, I don’t think they realized how widely our streams fluctuated,” he said. …

To read the full article, click here:

http://www.timesleader.com/news/hottopics/shale/Law_on_gas_drilling_still_in_flux__public_told_01-29-2010.html

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