OSU Extension — your source for information about gas, oil exploration “Should I lease my land for oil and gas exploration?” “How much should I get for a lease?” “What should the lease include?” “Will I owe tax on the money I receive?” “What should I know about pipelines?” These are but a few of […]
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Natural-gas development appears to be having a positive effect on the local collection of state taxes in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region, according to an analysis by researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “Because it’s still early in the development of Marcellus Shale, there’s a lot we can’t know yet […]
Editor: On March 1 it was announced that the 30-inch Commonwealth Pipeline, requiring a 75-100-foot right of way, would be developed running from Lycoming County, Pa. to Maryland. Initially developers promoted the pipeline as providing cheaper natural gas to people in Harrisburg, Baltimore and DC. More recently, they have admitted that they may export some […]
SALEM, Ohio — The drilling frenzy has officially hit Monroe County. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued a total of seven permits in Monroe County during April. All of the permits were issued to HG Energy for wells in Washington Township on the same property named Whitacre Enterprises Inc. Carroll County Five permits were […]
CANTON, Ohio — William and Joyce Green, Sandy Township in Stark County has filed a lawsuit April 18 against Chesapeake Exploration. Lawsuit filed The Greens are suing to receive fair value for the use of their land, to cancel the lease that Anschutz obtained without full disclosure of the drilling process, and to remove the […]
Some landowners in Darlington Township are not the only people upset with some of the tactics used by Chesapeake Exploration. Now the township supervisors are not happy.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As the Marcellus natural gas play unfolds in Pennsylvania, several trends are becoming increasingly clear, according to Penn State researchers. First, most of the development is occurring on private land, and the greatest amount of development falls within the Susquehanna River basin. Second, a regional approach to siting drilling infrastructure is […]
SALEM, Ohio — Most of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale impact fee legislation is now official, but a state appellate judge blocked part of it with an injunction April 11. The final bill is dubbed Act 13. The legislation went into effect April 16 and requires well drillers to pay fees based on the number of Marcellus […]
Editor: It seems everywhere you go you hear or see something about the oil and gas phenomenon that is occurring in and around Columbiana County. Testimonies of property owners getting checks well into the six- and seven-digit mark are plentiful. Overnight millionaires make Jed Clampett and the Beverly Hillbillies seem like a modern day reality […]
••• As of the afternoon of April 11, Attorney John Smith who is representing some of the townships that filed the lawsuit, an injunction was granted by the judge in this case. The injunction only pertains to the zoning portion of the Marcellus shale impact fee. The rest of the legislation is still set to […]
SALEM, Ohio — Carroll County leads the pack with the number of permits issued in March for drilling Utica shale wells in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Of the 175 drilling permits issued statewide in the Utica Shale since January 2011, 60 have been issued to Carroll County sites. Carroll County […]
Shale signs: What to know when you’re contacted to sign an easement agreement with a company granting the right to have a pipeline constructed on part of your land.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Economic booms are ahead for the Utica and Marcellus shale areas, but patience is needed for it to happen. Kristen Holmquist, the manager for natural gas liquids for Bentek Energy, spoke March 20 at the Hart Energy’s 2012 Marcellus Midstream conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. Fracking Holmquist told the crowd there are 1,000 […]
More business for the lawyers: The best thing anyone contemplating a pipeline easement can do is secure an attorney who knows property law and the gas industry.
CARROLLTON, Ohio — Besides the legal ramifications of signing a pipeline easement agreement, Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District technician Ray Rummel said there are some environmental concerns to remember as well. Keep in mind Rummel said he wants to remind landowners that an easement goes on the deed and is forever. “You only […]
Landowners across Ohio may be surprised to learn the bonus lease and royalty dollars received for their Marcellus or Utica Shale leases will be subject to the Ohio commercial activity tax (CAT) if payments of over $150,000 are received.
Editor: I’m writing to address concerns about nonlandowners who don’t realize the consequences for them of the so-called “Shale Boom.” By now most, if not all, of them have heard repeatedly about how dangerous chemicals used in hydraulic fracture drilling can get into aquifers and, then, into drinking water. They have also heard about other […]
WASHINGTON — During their annual trip to Capitol Hill March 5-7, Ohio Farm Bureau presidents were relentless in their efforts to tell legislators just what they thought of issues facing America’s farmers. One item that has been at the top of the presidents’ agenda for several years has been the estate tax, or death tax. […]
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A Web-based seminar sponsored by Penn State Extension will examine municipalities’ roles related to water use and protection in the face of burgeoning Marcellus Shale gas development in Pennsylvania.
In Pennsylvania, changes in dairy cow numbers between 2007 and 2010 seem to be associated with the level of Marcellus drilling activity.