700+ Landowner Rally in Bradford County, PA Pushes Royalty Bill

civil-warFor some time now MDN has highlighted the ongoing internal division among the ranks between Pennsylvania landowners and drillers over the issue of royalty checks. PA landowners are supporting House Bill (HB) 1391 which would guarantee landowners receive a minimum 12.5% royalty check regardless of post-production costs (see New Bill HB 1391 Will Guarantee PA Landowners 12.5% Royalties). Disagreement over the bill has erupted into a full-blown civil war, with landowners in Bradford County, PA–one of the most heavily drilled counties in the state–leading the charge (see Civil War: Bradford PA Escalates Fight with MSC re Royalty Bill). Last night the troops in Bradford assembled, and their numbers were 700+ strong, a very impressive showing. The rally’s purpose in Bradford was to call attention to HB 1391 and to specifically put pressure on PA legislators, whom attendees said were bowing to pressure (and money) from industry lobbyists–namely the Marcellus Shale Coalition. Here’s what went down at last night’s assembling of the troops…

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