Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pa. Law Opens More State Lands for Energy Development

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pa. Law Opens More State Lands for Energy Development

On October 8, 2012, the Indigenous Mineral Resources Incentives Development Act ("Act") was enacted into the law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Act expands the state-owned lands available for resource extraction activities by conferring power to the Department of General Services on behalf of the Commonwealth to enter into leases or make contracts on certain state lands for such purposes.

The Act contains provisions pertinent to two categories of public lands: (1) "state-owned land" which is land that is not "state system land" and is not land currently owned or administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, or the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and; (2) "state system land" which is land owned or controlled by the State System of Higher Education of the Commonwealth.

David J. Grecco is a member of the firm's Energy and Corporate Commercial practice groups with emphasis on advising oil & gas producers with strategic, transactional and commercial matters pertaining to Marcellus shale activities. Jessica C. Tully focuses her practice in the area of energy law, with a focus on upstream development issues related to oil and natural gas. 

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