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On February 12, 2012, House Bill 1950 was signed into law. Known as “Act 13 of 2012,” this new Marcellus Shale law will update the regulatory system associated with oil and gas drilling as well as establish a drilling impact fee.
Randy Varner and Jonathan Andrews from McNees, Wallace and Nurick in Harrisburg discuss the implications of this new legislation and describe the far-reaching impact it may have on local regulations already in place for oil and gas drilling activities.
Topics to be discussed will include:
What must counties or municipalities do in order to share in the fees collected?
How will the fees be calculated?
How and where will payments be made?
How will fee payments be dispersed?
Changes to preemption provisions of the Oil and Gas Act.
Uniformity of local ordinances.
What requirements are necessary to amend or repeal local ordinances, including the timing for complying with Act 13?
What is the role of the Public Utility Commission?
Where may civil actions against improper local ordinances be filed and what happens if the local government loses?
Recorded during a live telephone seminar in March 2012.