• Marcellus Shale Region Counties and Municipalities Must Respond Quickly to Act 13
  • February 27, 2012 | Author: Carl B. Everett
  • Law Firm: Saul Ewing LLP - Philadelphia Office
  • On February 14, 2012, Governor Corbett signed H.B. 1950, now referred to as “Act 13” of 2012. Much of the 174-page statute pertains to operational aspects of well development under new Chapter 32 of the Oil and Gas Act. However, Act 13 also authorizes an impact fee on wells drilled in the Marcellus Shale and other “unconventional” geologic formations and strictly limits local control of drilling-related activities. These latter aspects are subject to very tight deadlines that will require prompt action by county commissioners and local officials if they are to take full advantage of new funding opportunities.