Tracking List: Oil Gas


HB55 (T) - An Act providing for the leasing of subsurface rights on State forest and park property for oil and natural gas development; establishing a restricted account within the Oil and Gas Lease Fund; making an appropriation; and abrogating an executive order and other orders and administrative policies.
Sponsor: Rep. Clint Owlett (R)
Summary: (PN 44) The Subsurface Oil and Gas Lease Act provides for the leasing of subsurface rights on state forest and park property for oil and natural gas development; and abrogating an executive order and other orders and administrative policies. Directs the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to establish a program to review admissions or nominations by companies for the leasing of subsurface rights under state forest and park property by companies for oil and gas development from subsurface drilling originating from well sites outside state forest or park property. Provides the secretary of conservation and natural resources may approve or disapprove a submission or nomination for a lease under this act. Directs DCNR to provide in writing to a company that sent a submission or nomination to the department notice of DCNR's decision to approve or disapprove a lease within 60 days of receipt from the company. Allows a company receiving notice of disapproval to resend a submission or nomination to DCNR with or without changes and may include a response addressing DCNR's reasons within 60 calendar days of receipt of DCNR's disapproval. Directs DCNR to provide in writing to a company that sent a resubmission to the department notice of the department's resubmission to the department notice of the department's decision to approve or disapprove a submission or nomination within 60 days of receipt from the company. Further provides DCNR shall list all reasons for disapproval in the notification. Provides for reasons for disapproval. Allows companies receiving notice of disapproval of a resubmission to appeal the disapproval to the Commonwealth Court. Directs DCNR to implement the program under subsection (a) and post information relating to the program and instructions regarding the manner in which submissions or nominations should be sent for review on DCNR's publicly accessible Internet website. Provides that companies may begin sending submissions or nominations for review under this act to DCNR 90 days after the effective date of this section. Further provides that if DCNR approves a submission or nomination, DCNR shall hold a competitive bidding process for the rights in question under the already approved submission or nomination. Directs revenue generated from leases under this act to be deposited into the Oil and Gas Lease Fund Provides that money deposited into the Oil and Gas Lease Fund under subsection (a) that is attributable to upfront payments made in consideration for a lease under this act shall be transferred to a restricted account within the fund. Directs the money of the restricted account to be appropriated on a continuing basis to DCNR for the grant program. Provides DCNR shall establish a grant program to fund stream maintenance and clearing projects and prioritize awarding money under the grant program to projects designed to mitigate the risk of flooding, projects with potential to preserve farmland or residential property from flooding and projects from areas of Pennsylvania that have been under federal or state disaster emergency related to flooding within the last five years. Further provides DCNR shall award, in consultation with county conservation districts, the money under the grant program to projects in different areas of Pennsylvania. Provides a proposed project within a single county or municipality shall not receive more than 10 percent of the money under the grant program distributed by DCNR in a given year. Further provides nothing in this act shall be construed to prohibit oil and gas drilling on state forest and park property in accordance with the state laws. Provides the act abrogates Executive Order 2015-03 and any other order or administrative policy in conflict with this act. Effective immediately.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 44 -  HTML  PDF 
Bill History:
03/07/2023 
H - Introduced

03/07/2023 

HB170 (T) - An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, further providing for well location restrictions.
Sponsor: Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D)
Summary: (PN 749) Amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas), in development, further providing for an unconventional well to be drilled within 2,500 feet from a building or water well, or surface water intake, reservoir or other water supply extraction point used by a water purveyor, provides for the submission of a request to the Department of Environmental Protection for variance from the distance restriction with a plan from the well operator, further prohibits a well to be drilled within 2,500 feet from a spring or body of water, any wetlands greater than one acre in size; further prohibits a compressor station, pit or impoundment containing drilling cuttings, flowback water, produced water or hazardous materials, a tank containing hazardous materials, any storage of water within 5,000 feet of a school, hospital, long-term care facility, child-care facility or facility that houses or services individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Effective in 60 days.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 749 -  HTML  PDF 
06/12/2023 - House Democratic Caucus Summary -  PDF 
06/27/2023 - House Republican Caucus Summary -  PDF 
Bill History:
04/03/2023 
H - Introduced

04/03/2023 


12/18/2023 
H - Press Conference Held

HB698 (T) - An Act providing for plain language requirements in oil and gas real property contracts, for remedies and for penalties.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Webster (D)
Summary: (PN 642) The Plain Language Oil and Gas Real Property Contract Act provides for plain language requirements in oil and gas real property contracts, for remedies and for penalties. Requires contracts to be written, organized and designed so that the contract is easy to read and understand, further providing for language guidelines and visual guidelines. Requires contracts to be signed by the landowner in the presence of a notary public in the Commonwealth. Provides the landowner and buyer or lessee shall receive a notarized copy of the contract. Further provides for damages, enforcements, assurance of voluntary compliance and civil penalties. Establishes limitations on liability and time limit to file a lawsuit. Applies to contracts executed, solicited or intended to be preformed on or after the effective date of this section and a renewal, extension, option or change in the terms of an existing contract on or after the effective date of this section. Effective in one year.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 642 -  HTML  PDF 
Bill History:
03/24/2023 
H - Introduced

03/24/2023 

HB740 (T) - An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for an impact fee for natural gas and oil pipelines; establishing the Pipeline Impact Fund; and imposing powers and duties on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
Sponsor: Rep. James Haddock (D)
Summary: (PN 689) Amends Title 58 (Oil & Gas), providing for an impact fee for natural gas and oil pipelines; establishing the Pipeline Impact Fund; and imposing powers and duties on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Adds further definitions. Establishes the Pipeline Impact Fund in the treasury. Provides for nonlapse of funding. Outlines the use of the fund by the commission. Provides for a fee paid to the commission based on the acreage of linear feet plus right-of-way width for utilizing an impact pipeline. Requires the commission to deposit the revenue collected through the fee to deposit it into the fund. Effective immediately for this section and 58 PA.C.S. 2402(b). The rest will be effective in 60 days.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 689 -  HTML  PDF 
Bill History:
03/28/2023 
H - Introduced

03/28/2023 

HB837 (T) - An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, further providing for penalties.
Sponsor: Rep. Kristine C. Howard (D)
Summary: (PN 810) Amends Title 58 (Oil & Gas), in development, further providing for penalties. Changes language in general violation to replace $1,000 with $2,000, and in willful violation to replace $5,000 with $10,000. Provides that the Office of Attorney General under the Commonwealth Attorneys Act or the district attorney of the affected county may institute a criminal proceeding against a person under subsection (a) or (b). Establishes that the department may not waive a fine for a general violation or willful violation. Effective in 60 days.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 810 -  HTML  PDF 
Bill History:
04/04/2023 
H - Introduced

04/04/2023 

HB962 (T) - An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, further providing for bonding.
Sponsor: Rep. Greg Vitali (D)
Summary: (PN 1299) Amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas), in development, further providing for bonding to remove references to unconventional wells and related language. Provides the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) shall conduct a study of its experience implementing the act's provisions to the governor and General Assembly, with recommendations to improve the program, within 12 months. Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number(s): 948) (PN 948) Amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas), in development, further providing for bonding to remove references to unconventional wells and related language. Effective in 60 days.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 948 -  HTML  PDF 
Text - Printer's No. 1299 -  HTML  PDF 
Bill History:
04/19/2023 
H - Introduced

04/19/2023 

05/23/2023 
H - Laid on the table

05/23/2023 
H - First consideration

05/23/2023 
H - Reported as amended - House Environmental Resources & Energy

06/06/2023 
H - Removed from table

07/11/2023 
H - Laid on the Table (Pursuant to House Rule 71)

05/01/2024 
H - Placed on HVS

HB1003 (T) - An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, further providing for well reporting requirements.
Sponsor: Rep. Christopher M. Rabb (D)
Summary: (PN 1384) Amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas), in development, further providing for well reporting requirements. Provides a well operator shall annually report information relating to natural gas operations in unconventional formations. Requires reporting on the amount the well operator has expended or agreed to pay for temporary water supplies for residents and others affected by the operations and the impact of the operations on infrastructure and public resources. Provides initial reporting shall include information for calendar years 2012 to 2021 and reports shall be made available publicly online. Effective in 60 days.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 1384 -  HTML  PDF 
Bill History:
05/31/2023 
H - Introduced

05/31/2023 

HB1273 (T) - An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in unconventional gas well fee, repealing provisions relating to expiration; imposing a natural gas tax; and imposing penalties.
Sponsor: Rep. Christopher Pielli (D)
Summary: (PN 1390) Amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas), in unconventional gas well fee, repealing provisions relating to expiration. Imposes a natural gas tax beginning July 1, 2023, payable by every producer on each unconventional gas well, directs the Department of Revenue to enforce provisions and manage any matter pertaining to the tax. Requires a producer severing natural gas to register apply to the department for a registration certificate and imposes penalties, provides for the department to charge an application fee. Provides for violations and penalties for non-disclosure. Provides for tax liens and penalties for prothonotaries who intentionally violate the section. Provides for tax suit reciprocity imposed by any other state if the other state recognizes and enforces the imposed tax. Provides for the department or any authorized agent to examine producer documents in order to verify the accuracy and completeness of a return. Provides for the department to require a nonresident, foreign corporation or entity not authorized to do business within the state to file a bond issued by a surety company, provides for other bonding requirements. Effective immediately.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 1390 -  HTML  PDF 
Bill History:
05/31/2023 
H - Introduced

05/31/2023 

HB1656 (T) - An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, further providing for well permits.
Sponsor: Rep. Charity Grimm Krupa (R)
Summary: (PN 1955) Amends Title 58 (Oil & Gas), in development, providing for oil and gas fluid injection wells prohibited. Effective in 60 days.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 1955 -  HTML  PDF 
Bill History:
09/05/2023 
H - Introduced

09/05/2023 

HB1943 (T) - An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, further providing for hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure requirements.
Sponsor: Rep. Jeanne McNeill (D)
Summary: (PN 2877) Amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas), in development, providing for downhole operation chemical disclosure. Eliminates a section pertaining to hydraulic fracturing of unconventional wells performed on or after the effective date. Provides a section for downhole operation chemical disclosure. Requires a person to wait at least 30 days prior to the commencement of downhole operations in an unconventional gas well following the filing of a report with the department that includes well information. Provides for department responsibilities and requires the department to make the name and chemical abstract service number of all chemicals used in downhole operations publicly available on its internet website. Requires the chemical manufacturer to provide a complete list of names and chemical abstract service numbers, should a person be unable to disclose a complete list of chemicals used in downhole operations. Provides definitions. Effective in 60 days. (Prior printer number(s): 2477)   (PN 2477) Amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas), in development, further providing for hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure requirements. Requires the operator of a well to complete and post the chemical disclosure registry form at least 14 days prior to the usage in each stage of the unconventional oil and gas process. Eliminates sections related to trade secrets, confidential proprietary information and confidentiality agreements. Makes all information that is submitted to the department or posted to the chemical disclosure registry public record. Requires a vendor, service company or operator to identify the specific identity and amount of any chemicals within five days of a health professional’s written request. Provides for immediate emergency response reporting by a vendor, service provider or operator in the instance of a spill or release. Effective in 60 days.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 2477 -  HTML  PDF 
Text - Printer's No. 2877 -  HTML  PDF 
04/09/2024 - House Democratic Caucus Summary -  PDF 
04/09/2024 - House Republican Caucus Summary -  PDF 
Bill History:
01/03/2024 
H - Introduced

01/03/2024 


03/26/2024 
H - Passed over in committee - House Environmental Resources & Energy


04/09/2024 
H - Voted Favorably From Committee as Amended - House Environmental Resources & Energy

04/09/2024 
H - Reported as amended - House Environmental Resources & Energy

04/09/2024 
H - First consideration

04/09/2024 
H - Laid on the table

HB2022 (T) - An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, further providing for well permits.
Sponsor: Rep. Scott Conklin (D)
Summary: (PN 2587) Amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas), in development, further providing for well permits by adding language to assert that the well operator shall give public notice of the filing by publication in a newspaper of general circulation, published in the locality where the permit is applied for, once a week for four consecutive weeks. Effective in 60 days.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 2587 -  HTML  PDF 
Bill History:
02/07/2024 
H - Introduced

02/09/2024 

HB2397 (T) - An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, providing for brine.
Sponsor: Rep. Martin T. Causer (R)
Summary: (PN 3270) Amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas), in development, adding a section to provide for brine. Allows a municipality to spread brine produced from the drilling, alteration or operation of an oil or gas well which is not an unconventional well on roads within the municipality's boundaries for purposes of dust suppression or road stabilization. Stipulates that a municipality may designate another person to spread brine on the municipality’s behalf in a manner instructed by the municipality. Asserts that no state agency, including the department, may require authorization or approval from either the operator of a well or a municipality for brine to be spread in accordance with subsection (a). Provides that brine may not be spread within 150 feet of a stream, creek, lake or other body of water. Effective immediately.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 3270 -  HTML  PDF 
Bill History:
06/07/2024 
H - Introduced

06/10/2024 

SB581 (T) - An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, further providing for well location restrictions.
Sponsor: Sen. Steven J. Santarsiero (D)
Summary: (PN 1329) Amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas), in development, further providing for well location restrictions to replace 500 feet with 2,500 feet and 1,000 feet with 2,500 feet, remove the word “reservoir,” and add language stating, “or within 5,000 feet from a reservoir.” Specifies that no well may be drilled within 5,000 feet of a school or hospital on or after the effective date of this paragraph. Effective in 60 days.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 1329 -  HTML  PDF 
Bill History:
01/22/2024 
S - Introduced

01/22/2024 

SB590 (T) - An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, further providing for bonding.
Sponsor: Sen. Timothy P. Kearney (D)
Summary: (PN 1342) Amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas), in development, further providing for bonding. Doubles bonding price requirements. Requires annual reviews by the Environmental Quality Board of the bond amount required for an unconventional well under subparagraphs (i) and (ii) and the base amount of the bond required under subparagraphs (i) and (ii). Provides for bonding price changes according to percentage changes in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland Area. Effective in 60 days.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 1342 -  HTML  PDF 
Bill History:
01/29/2024 
S - Introduced

01/29/2024 

SB617 (T) - An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in unconventional gas well fee, further providing for Statewide initiatives.
Sponsor: Sen. Gene Yaw (R)
Summary: (PN 633) Amends Title 58 (Oil & Gas), in unconventional gas well fee, further providing for statewide initiatives to indicate if the governing body of a county bans natural gas development under land owned by the county shall not be eligible to receive the county share of any impact fee for unconventional gas wells and any Marcellus Legacy Fund grant administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Effective in 60 days.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 633 -  HTML  PDF 
Bill History:
04/24/2023 
S - Introduced

04/24/2023 

SB950 (T) - An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, further providing for well permits.
Sponsor: Sen. Katie J. Muth (D)
Summary: SB 950 - (PN 1141) Amends Title 58 (Oil & Gas), in development, further providing for oil and gas fluid injection wells prohibited. Effective in 60 days.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 1141 -  HTML  PDF 
Bill History:
10/03/2023 
S - Introduced

10/03/2023 

SB997 (T) - An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, further providing for definitions, for well reporting requirements and for hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure requirements.
Sponsor: Sen. Katie J. Muth (D)
Summary: (PN 1259) Amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas), in development, to insert definitions for use in the act. Further providing for well reporting requirements and for hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure requirements to require notification and information that a product does not contain no added perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Effective in 60 days.
Bill Text: Text - Printer's No. 1259 -  HTML  PDF 
Bill History:
12/08/2023 
S - Introduced

12/08/2023