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Pa. shale gas owners press for clear data on royalty statements

Property owners who collect royalty checks from shale gas drillers are not satisfied with scoring just one legislative victory last year that requires the companies to report well production information monthly.

“We think this was a huge improvement,” Jackie Root, president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners, said as the change from six-month intervals began to show up in state reports in March. “We have a long way to go, though.”

Owners want uniform language on royalty statements and more help in guaranteeing that they are getting paid fairly for every cubic foot of gas flowing through wells in which they have a stake.

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