Category Archives: “use by right”

NY State & Compulsory integration: originally intended to compensate landowners, it forces people to sign gas leases…

http://www.theithacajournal.com/article/20101014/NEWS01/10140437/Tompkins+anti-fracking+group+fight+leasing+tactics

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Pooling in PA: The gas industry keeps pushing

http://kdka.com/wireapnewsfnpa/Pooling.isn.t.2.1943378.html

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PA: The “natural” gas industry works hard at crafting again its own rules… Less taxes, less oversight… & the right to force residents and municipalities to accept drilling against their will

A trade group wants state officials to reinforce their authority over natural-gas drilling operations, force some reluctant landowners to sell their gas and tax new wells at a low rate during years when they’re at their costliest but also producing the most gas.
Those are some of the legislative and regulatory priorities that the Cecil-based Marcellus Shale Coalition outlines in an internal policy document obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and other media.
The coalition acknowledged the document, marked “draft confidential,” but said many of the proposals had been on its website — http://www.marcelluscoalition.org — since spring.
The document says drilling should be a use by right in all zoning districts, even as Pittsburgh and other municipalities have proposed bans or zoning restrictions. It also says the state should encourage natural gas consumption and oppose anti-drilling arguments that “are not logically or scientifically based.”
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Forced Pooling in PA: Gas Industry Makes Its Own Rules

The natural gas industry is asking legislators to allow them to take gas from Marcellus Shale under certain properties without a lease and against the owner’s wishes when the owner has neighbors who’ve agreed to drilling.
That’s how opponents see a provision, which they call “forced pooling,” about to be proposed in the state House of Representatives. Continue reading

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Energy Industry Lobbyists Rewrite PA Tax Laws and Zoning Ordinances

The natural gas industry is lobbying lawmakers to tax natural gas production at a lower rate during a well’s early years of production.

In addition, the coalition wants lawmakers to declare drilling a “use by right” in local zoning ordinances. That means drilling would be allowed, without the need for a major review by a local government, as long as it meets the standards specified in an ordinance. A local zoning permit would still be needed, but that would be issued relatively quickly. Continue reading

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