PA DCNR Program Leases Under Rivers/Creeks for Marcellus Drilling

Well now THIS is just not supposed to happen. The pure-as-the-wind-driven-snow PA Gov. Tom Wolf’s Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is stepping up its program of leasing underneath rivers, creeks and mud puddles for Marcellus and Utica Shale drilling–much to the consternation of anti-drilling groups like PennFuture (whose immediate past president, Cindy Dunn, is about to become Secretary of DCNR). When DCNR collected for river and stream leases under Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, the Democrat media machine reported it as a clandestine and secretive activity (see PA’s “Secret” Deal to Lease Land Under Rivers & Streams (Gasp!)). It actually has been quite public–MDN told you about this program all the way back in 2012 when it was launched (see PA DCNR Wants Money for Drilling Under Public Streams/Rivers). Our concern was/remains that the state of Pennsylvania may be claiming money for land that belongs to private landowners–denying private landowners of lease bonuses and royalties. Below we have the lease terms dictated by DCNR, a map of the (almost innumerable) waterways PA claims they own, a list of the names for those waterways, and the criteria DCNR uses in determining whether or not a waterway is owned by the state…

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