Landowners Go to Harrisburg to Pressure Lawmakers on Royalty Bill

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Pennsylvania landowners are, as we recently pointed out, in a civil war with the Marcellus industry over the issue of royalties (see Deep Dive: PA Royalties Civil War Between Landowners & Drillers). Landowners want House Bill (HB) 1391 passed–a bill guaranteeing landowners will receive a minimum 12.5% royalty payment regardless of post-production costs. Drillers, being represented by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, are pushing back by saying landowners must live under the contracts they’ve signed. It’s complicated–read our previous articles about it here. With a short time left in this legislative session, landowners continue to press their case with lawmakers. The latest in the skirmish is that landowners have set up a table in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg to lobby (i.e. pressure) lawmakers into taking action on the bill…

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