November 2011 Blog Posts (8)

Like Land And Water; Oil And Gas Are The Peoples’ Resources

          Like Land And Water; Oil And Gas Are The Peoples’ Resources


By:  Robert A. Young

The “Marcellus Shale Play” is as much about people as it is about the precious product and corporate profits.

Like many Bradford County, Pennsylvania residents, my family roots also run deep into the history of the “endless mountains.“   However, uniquely; most of my early life was spent in the urban centers of Philadelphia and Northern New Jersey, where I was educated,…


Added by Robert A. Young on November 23, 2011 at 9:00pm — 11 Comments

Lincoln's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States

A Proclamation

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful…


Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on November 22, 2011 at 2:19pm — 2 Comments


I was reading Jeff K's blog from Tioga County re: allowing ponds to be placed on your property. I know little about the fracking process, about the entire process in general, but learning what I can, so I ask: Is the pond accessed from the surface after it is created, or does the access come from off site? The surface of my land is a cemetery. Wouldn't want the dead disturbed. In other words, if the energy company creates a pond on my land, or widens, enhances, or deepens the one I have,…


Added by Brad Emmer on November 18, 2011 at 5:20pm — 2 Comments


                              “{“Breaker-Breaker”}…Fracking and Trucking Safety”


A few months ago, the Daily Review newspaper in Towanda, PA featured a letter to the editor calling for policing gas and oil wells in Pennsylvania for public safety reasons.

If you ask most people who live and work at the supposed epicenter of the “Marcellus Shale Play”; Bradford County, PA,…


Added by Robert A. Young on November 14, 2011 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

"Re-purposing" the County Groups on GMS

County Groups now Open for Promoting


We are making some slight changes to our non-solicitation rules on The reason for the change is that it has become evident that there is a need for a place where landgroups and mineral owners can network, organize and yes, even promote. So with that said, the no-solicitation rule is only lifted in the county groups. Land…


Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on November 10, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Yesterdays & Today's EPA Webinar on Plan to Study the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources

On November 3, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

released its final Plan to Study the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic

Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources. The agency will be offering two

webinars open to the public and all interested stakeholders on

Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 10. See below for…

Added by Dick Bolt on November 10, 2011 at 8:57am — 1 Comment

Preview of the Hydraulic Fracturing: Core Issues & Trends event with Mary Viviano, General Counsel for Encana Oil & Gas

Keith: Tell us a little bit about your background.

Mary: I’ve been the lead attorney for Encana’s US operations since 2001.  Originally I got into the business as a joint interest billing clerk for a small independent, eventually did production tech and land work at Anadarko and Chevron.  Then law school…


Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on November 9, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments


You signed a lease and you are anxiously awaiting royalty payments.  What you might not be expecting is a bill from the tax office asking for several years’ worth of back property taxes.

An important amendment to a law took effect that could hit you in the pocketbook if you lease land for Marcellus exploration that is preferentially assessed under the Clean & Green Act.

For those unfamiliar with the Clean & Green Act, it is a law that provides tax relief…


Added by Steven A. Walton on November 4, 2011 at 10:35am — 2 Comments

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