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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Driller Invoking PA Law Allowing Forced Pooling

Hilcorp Energy first in Pa. to test law allowing access to gas without property owners' consent

By Timothy Puko Triblive.com


Bob Svetlak has lived on his family's Lawrence County homestead since 1949, and none of it's for sale — not his house, not his trees and certainly not his gas rights.

But he may not have a choice about the gas. 
Hilcorp Energy Co. has taken legal steps to access natural gas beneath the 14.6 acres Svetlak owns near the Ohio border without his consent, arguing a law more than five decades old gives it the right to combine his land with others into a drilling unit. 
If Hilcorp succeeds, it would be the first time in Pennsylvania's shale boom that a driller used the tactic, and it could lead to more widespread use. 
“I didn't buy this land to sell it,” said Svetlak, 73, of Pulaski. “I bought it for peace and property, like a lot of people in this country. I live here for the tranquility.” 
Hilcorp is using a legal maneuver known as forced pooling, in which neighboring plots of land are combined into a single unit for drilling. In geologic formations deeper than the Marcellus shale, the 1961 law allows drillers to combine gas rights into pools, even if property owners oppose.

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7 comments :

Anonymous said...

It's bad enough when the government comes in and takes your property but to have a company come in and do what ever they want. Oh my what is this country turning into?

Anonymous said...

... kinda like forcing people to pay taxes whether they want to or not

Anonymous said...

Look at it this way. If I was to drill a water well next to your water well and ran my water 24/7/365 wouldn't it dry up your well? Same holds true for the gas. If they are extracting all the gas around the 14+ acres his gas is bound to migrate to the vacant pockets in the ground.

Anonymous said...

No it is not like that at all. When the government does something you don't like we have these things called elections. When a company does something you don't like, oh they are job creators so it doesn't matter.

Anonymous said...

Well lets all reelect Tom Corbett next November and you will just see things like this get worse. He is in the back pocket of the energy companies and could care less about individual citizens. You get what you "pay" for.

Anonymous said...

Kind of like forcing people to have healthcare against their will.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, health care and fracing are pretty much the same thing.