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Yaw Legislation for Gas Wells Sent to Governor

In a bill sponsored by Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), the Senate of Pennsylvania took action on the first regulatory legislation relating to Marcellus Shale.  This action paves the way for signature by the Governor in the near future.

Yaw said Senate Bill 297 amends the Oil and Gas Act to require operators of Marcellus Shale wells to provide well production information to the Department of Environmental Protection.  That information will be made public in six months and be posted on DEP’s website.  Yaw said “the current law required DEP to keep production information confidential for a period of five years, so the change to six months is very significant.”

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