Wednesday, July 10, 2013

PA Oil and Gas Lease Act signed into law by Gov. Corbett

On July 9, 2013, Gov. Corbett signed S.B. 259 into law as Act No. 66. The bill amended Pennsylvania law governing oil and gas leases and required additional information to be given to royalty owners who entered into oil and gas leases. Gov. Corbett stated he did not think 2.1 altered the terms of existing leases, and that it enhanced efficient development of oil and natural gas.

For more information on SB 259, please visit the PA General Assembly site or previous posts (1, 2, 3) by the Penn State Marcellus Shale Law Blog.

Written by: Garrett Lent, Research Assistant
Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
July 2013


  1. The "additional information" for royalty owners is just fluff and only there to disguise the real intent of the bill, "forced pooling" for the lessor with a lease that does not give the lessee the right to unitize.

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