On June 11, 2013, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed HB 1414, which would change the information well operators are required to include on check stubs for royalty payments to landowners. Section 3.1 of HB 1414 would require specific well production, pricing, tax, and sale information to be attached to royalty payments to landowners, unless another basis for regularly providing this information is already in place. In his co-sponsorship memorandum, Rep. Everett stated the bill responded to landowner frustrations surrounding a lack of clarity in royalty payment calculations. The Senate has not yet voted on the bill.
For more information on the changes, as well as the bill text, visit the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s website.
Written by: Garrett Lent, Research Assistant
Penn State Law, Agricultural Law Center