In order to ease environmental concerns, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection required the companies operating the wells to monitor for any signs of seismicity and ordered that the wells to be operated at much lower pressures than others around the country. Nonetheless, two rural townships considered using what is known as home rule charters in an attempt to block the wells. Highland and Grant Township had initially sought to use these novel legal tactics to veto the wells’ approval by the state. The state sued the two townships saying they did not have that authority, and they then settled in an agreement that will allow the wells to move forward. The state said it is pleased the matter has been settled, at least for the moment, and the state can now move forward with its normal environmental role.
Overall, activity in our region continues to steadily improve. The United States has added rigs for 14 weeks in a row, with one new one reported in Pennsylvania for the week of April 17. If your company wants in on the action, Cimmaron Land and our Pennsylvania-based experts can help you with all of your land needs in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.