Tuesday, August 20, 2013

PA Representative announces plans to repeal “pooling” laws

On August 12, 2013, Pennsylvania State Representative Michele Brooks issued a co-sponsorship memo in which she expressed plans to repeal “involuntary pooling” provisions in the Oil and Gas Law Conservation Law (Act 359 of 1961).  The “involuntary pooling” provisions referred to by Brooks pertain to drilling that breaches the Onondaga horizon. Additionally, the memo laid out plans to propose legislation repeal Section 2.1 of Act 66 of 2013 (SB 259). Section 2.1 gave well operators the right to jointly operate multiple contiguous leases that do not contain an express prohibition of joint operation.

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

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