Corbett OKs bill strengthening drillers' rights - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Corbett OKs bill strengthening drillers' rights

Posted: Updated:

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Corbett has signed legislation that critics say was fast-tracked and undermines some landowners' negotiating rights when dealing with drilling companies.

Corbett signed the bill without public comment Tuesday. In a letter to lawmakers, he says it's his intention to enhance the efficiency of drilling for oil and gas while protecting the rights of landowners and leaseholders. Industry group the Marcellus Shale Coalition supports the new law.

However, a landowners group, the National Association of Royalty Owners, says many lawmakers didn't understand the bill's last-minute changes.

The legislation means heirs to drilling leases signed decades ago for traditional, shallow vertical wells could be forced to allow deep Marcellus Shale natural gas wells that include underground horizontal bores extending out thousands of feet, even under neighbors' properties.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Warren man arrested for yelling at passing cars

    Warren man arrested for yelling at passing cars

    Friday, August 18 2017 8:22 AM EDT2017-08-18 12:22:30 GMT
    Melvin WhiteMelvin White

    Warren Police have arrested a man who they say has been seen standing on corners yelling at cars, asking for money. An officer says he spotted 55-year-old Melvin White on the Corner of East Market Street and Chestnut Avenue Thursday afternoon, holding a sign and leaning out toward traffic. According to the police report, one driver had to put on the brakes when he got close to White. Police say they have told White at least five times in the past week to stop holding up his sign an...

    More >>

    Warren Police have arrested a man who they say has been seen standing on corners yelling at cars, asking for money. An officer says he spotted 55-year-old Melvin White on the Corner of East Market Street and Chestnut Avenue Thursday afternoon, holding a sign and leaning out toward traffic. According to the police report, one driver had to put on the brakes when he got close to White. Police say they have told White at least five times in the past week to stop holding up his sign an...

    More >>
  • Spain manhunt deepens as Barcelona insists 'I am not afraid'

    Spain manhunt deepens as Barcelona insists 'I am not afraid'

    Friday, August 18 2017 8:20 AM EDT2017-08-18 12:20:22 GMT
    Spanish police kill five suspects connected to the Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people, as the manhunt intensified for the perpetrators of Europe's latest rampage claimed by the Islamic State group.More >>
    Spanish police kill five suspects connected to the Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people, as the manhunt intensified for the perpetrators of Europe's latest rampage claimed by the Islamic State group.More >>
  • NWS: Tornado touched down in Trumbull County

    NWS: Tornado touched down in Trumbull County

    Friday, August 18 2017 8:15 AM EDT2017-08-18 12:15:52 GMT

    The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down along Route 7 near Hartford Township in Trumbull County Thursday. Investigators will be out Friday morning to assess the scene.

    More >>

    The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down along Route 7 near Hartford Township in Trumbull County Thursday. Investigators will be out Friday morning to assess the scene.

    More >>
  • SpotlightSpotlightMore>>

  • Stuff the Bus!

    Stuff the Bus!

    Sunday, August 13 2017 7:52 PM EDT2017-08-13 23:52:49 GMT

    21 WFMJ, Great Clips, Cocca’s Pizza and Huntington Bank have teamed up with the United Way to “Stuff the Bus,” now through September 3rd.   

    More >>

    21 WFMJ, Great Clips, Cocca’s Pizza and Huntington Bank have teamed up with the United Way to “Stuff the Bus,” now through September 3rd.   

    More >>
  • Panerathon 2017 Team Peacock Registration

    Panerathon 2017 Team Peacock Registration

    Sunday, July 30 2017 8:13 PM EDT2017-07-31 00:13:49 GMT

    Join 21 WFMJ this year for Panerathon 2017!  We want to have the biggest team at Panerathon this year and we need your help. 

    More >>

    Join 21 WFMJ this year for Panerathon 2017!  We want to have the biggest team at Panerathon this year and we need your help. 

    More >>
  • Weather Pics

    Weather Pics

    Check out weather related pics from our viewers!  Please send your pics to weatherpics@wfmj.com.

    More >>

    Check out weather related pics from our viewers!  Please send your pics to weatherpics@wfmj.com.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms