New Effort to Pass HB 1391 Minimum Royalty Bill in PA

Garth Everett

Garth Everett

Last June MDN told you about a renewed effort by Pennsylvania State legislators to pass a minimum royalty bill that will guarantee PA’s landowners get at least 12.5% royalties (see New Bill HB 1391 Will Guarantee PA Landowners 12.5% Royalties). House Bill (HB) 1391 is was introduced by State Rep. Garth Everett, Republican from Lycoming County, PA. Everett said in June the new bill was “narrowed” in focus from a previous bill (that had failed) and because the more narrowed focus, he hopes the Marcellus industry will not oppose it this time around. The issue of guaranteeing minimum royalties is one of those rare issues that has divided the drilling industry and landowners. Everett said he hasn’t (until now) pushed the bill because of the budget stalemate, but now that the budget impasse is mostly over, he’s going to make a renewed effort to get HB 1391 passed…

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