Penn State Extension

Natural Gas Exploration: A Landowner’s Guide to Leasing Land in Pennsylvania
This article is a comprehensive overview of how natural gas is extracted, the surface or subsurface rights as a landowner, tools to negotiating a lease agreement, how the gas is stored and transported, how to find credible sources of information, and frequently asked questions about navigation through the natural gas leasing process.

Tax Treatment of Natural Gas
This tax guide provides landowners leasing oil, gas, and mineral rights with information regarding income, property, severance, and estate taxes; the rights of a landowner (lessor); lease bonus payments; delay rental payments; royalty payments; resource depletion rules; and damage payments.

Gas Leasing Scams and Rip-Offs: Ways to Separate You from Your Property Rights and Money
A read-before-you-sign document, this guide outlines questions landowners should ask and resources they should utilize when drafting a lease for oil, gas, or mineral rights. The guide also outlines how to identify fraudulent brokers and scams when negotiating a lease deal.

Natural Gas Exploration: A Landowners Guide to Financial Management
A financial management tool for property owners, this publication covers the basics of what landowners need to know about their lease, how to manage their income from natural gas leasing, how to manage taxation, and what to consider when making financial decisions.

Negotiating Pipeline Rights-of-Way in Pennsylvania
This document provides landowners with information regarding natural gas pipeline construction and rights-of-way on their land. Issues addressed include rights of condemnation or eminent domain, regulatory oversight, pipeline inspection and safety, property use restrictions, how to report taxes on pipeline easement income, and how to negotiate a right-of-way agreement.

Chester County Chamber of Commerce Pipeline Information Center
Landowners Resource Guide for Pipeline Easements and Rights-of-Way
The guide is intended to serve as a resource for landowners who may have an existing or proposed pipeline right-of-way on or near their property. The resource explains what to consider during easement negotiations, what limitations there are on eased property, pipeline regulations, and frequently asked questions.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
An Interstate Natural Gas Facility on my Land? What Do I Need to Know?
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) provides landowners with an overview of the process of natural gas pipeline installation, key issues involving location of the project, the responsibilities of the gas companies, safety issues, environmental issues, and how to request additional assistance when negotiating an agreement. For further information and public inquiries, please contact:

Office of External Affairs                              PHONE: 1 (202) 502-8004
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission        TOLL FREE: 1 (866) 208-3372
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PFB Legal Service Plan – Services Provided Through Mette, Evans & Woodside, Attorneys at Law

The service offers experienced legal advice on all aspects of oil, gas, pipeline, and related issues, succession and business planning, estate settlement and many other legal matters encountered by farmers. Legal Service Plan is a fee-based service paid for by the member using it. For an appointment, please contact:

Mette, Evans & Woodside     PHONE: 1 (717) 232-5000
Attorneys at Law                TOLL FREE: 1 (800) 962-5097
Harrisburg, PA         

Additional Landowner Information

  1.  Penn State Law Center for Agricultural and Shale Law
    The Center for Agricultural and Shale Law conducts research and outreach activities with a focus in shale gas. This database provides a shale law library guide, current issues in shale law and updates about natural gas drilling and pipeline development projects across the commonwealth.
  2.  Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission
    The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) provides a database of natural gas companies, information on filing grievances in regards to natural gas extraction issues and Pennsylvania’s laws concerning impact fees.