PA Royalty Unrest Spreads from Bradford County to Western PA

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This week Pennsylvania House Bill (HB) 1391 is back on the docket. At least, that’s what landowners in Bradford County are hoping. As we’ve covered for some time now, there is a growing split between landowners and drillers over abuses in deducting post-production costs from royalty checks. HB 1391 aims to fix that situation by guaranteeing a minimum 12.5% royalty for landowners, regardless of post-production costs. Until now most of the complaints about royalty shafting have come from landowners in Bradford County. But it seems Bradford (in northeastern PA) is not alone in their discontent. Landowners in Washington and Greene counties (western PA) are also upset with diminished royalty checks and are adding their voices to the effort pushing for passage of HB 1391. Does the bill stand a chance of passing this year?…

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