While some of the law is self evident like the new “impact fee” on natural gas wells, other parts of the new law are not so clear.
Wilkes-Barre, PA (PRWEB) May 10, 2012
Gas Drilling Injury Lawyer Joseph Price has closely studied the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania and its explosive growth in recent years.
The first efforts by the State legislature to regulate the burgeoning natural gas industry in Pennsylvania are contained in what is called “Act 13″. Signed into law Feb. 14, 2012, Act 13 of 2012 amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. It provides for the imposition of an unconventional gas well fee (also called a drilling impact fee). The law mandates that the fee is disbursed to local and state entities for the purposes specifically outlined in the law. It also defines an unconventional gas well as a bore hole drilled or being drilled in the production of natural gas from a geological shale formation (such as Marcellus Shale). The law contains a mechanism as to how the fees shall be distributed. A significant portion of the fees generated will be used to cover the local impacts of drilling while several of state agencies will also receive funding for a variety of other purposes. Price, a trial lawyer with over 35 years of experience, said “While some of the law is self evident like the new “impact fee” on natural gas wells, other parts of the new law are not so clear.”
PennFuture, a state environmental group, has published a summary outlining its interpretation of the new law, section by section. Although the group tries to simplify the law, as with most new laws, interpretation of the new gas drilling law will likely take time and will be tested by the local government and the courts.
Dougherty, Leventhal, and Price, LLP, is a Pennsylvania personal injury law firm that represents gas drilling accident victims throughout the state. DLP prides itself on a team approach to help clients whose lives have been affected by personal injuries. They have taken on some of the most difficult cases in state history and have an extensive list of verdicts and settlements for personal injury cases. To learn more about DLP’s team, call (877) 357-9700 or visit its new mobile friendly personal injury website created by PA Web Design Company, Otreva Designs.