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Friday, July 15, 2011

Corbett's Marcellus Commission Makes Recommendations

The governor’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission adopted recommendations for forced pooling of gas resources and an impact fee before breaking for lunch today.

Gov. Corbett's Marcellus Shale Commission recommends impact fee and forced pooling


The process of adopting policy recommendations for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett highlighted the effect of stacking the commission with people from business and industry. Several motions — including the forced pooling — passed regardless of opposition from environmental groups.

Forced pooling means drillers are allowed to remove natural gas from beneath properties of owners who refuse to lease their mineral rights.

Most dramatic was what happened when Ronald Ramsey of the Nature Conservancy attempted to amend the impact fee proposal to extend its benefits to long-term and even statewide impacts. Ramsey attempted to insert language that would have put some of the fee toward the Environmental Stewardship Fund to cover hard-to-quantify impacts to land, forest and water resources and outdoor recreation. More...


Anonymous said...

Forced pooling passed by Corbett's Cronies. I hope everyone is smart enough to have their water tested and maybe even some soil samples done. Then I hope they are smart enough to sue the state of Pa when it all goes to hell around here.

Rick said...

Drill baby drill. What do you expect with Corbett.

Anonymous said...


I picture vultures, perched in the top of a dead tree,waiting for any mention of the above words on here...And then they dive to feast on the dead horse.
Get it? Dead horse! You can't beat a dead horse, so get over it.

THEY WILL DRILL!!~~~~~~~~~~

Anonymous said...

Forced Pooling? Just shoot them. They will leave

Anonymous said...

Yes please get your water tested. right now to have a complete test done is around $1,000. Just vultures in a different way!

Anonymous said...

Forced Pooling. And I thought my pre-arranged marriage was torture.

Anonymous said...

Corbett fascism.
The industry will plan tracts anywhere there is land contingent to land currently drilled.
It will be a domino effect until every inch of our region is drilled and every one of our homes are devalued.
Who would buy a home here now,knowing they can frack anywhere they please?
We need our townships to put zoning in place to restrict drilling now more then ever.
Zoning may prevent populated areas and schoolyards from being fracked.

Anonymous said...

Take from me, and I will take from you

Anonymous said...

They damn well better not expect us to conserve water this year. As there seems to be more then enough water in the Northern/Central PA region.

Anonymous said...

they should set up a fee program to compensate homeowners for the devaluation of their life's work. get an unbiased appraisal pre-drilling, and one post drilling, and file a claim for the difference, with punitive damages if need be. where's Marty Causer and his castle doctrine in a case like this?

Anonymous said...

5:33 I agree. Compensation for homeowners is rarely mentioned and unconventional drilling and the presence of compressor stations clearly has reduced home values.
The moment a drill rigs shows up the surrounding properties devalue.
There needs to be a fair plan put in place to provide compensation.
Germania is a good example.
Not many people would choose to buy a home downstream or downwind from there because of the risk of water contamination the unconventional gas wells pose and the concerns of toxic emissions downwind of the compressor stations.Landowners surrounding that area,downstream and downwind should be fairly compensated by the people who leased for their losses.