Public hearing set for gas royalty issue

The state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold a public hearing Thursday in Harrisburg to receive testimony regarding royalty stub transparency issues and post-production costs from the development of natural gas, according to Sen. E. Eugene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, committee chairman.

Some landowners who lease property to the natural gas industry have expressed concerns because of high post-production costs that are passed on from gas companies, according to reports.

A minimum 12.5 percent royalty fee has been upheld by the state Supreme Court.

Participants testifying before the committee include: Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, National Association of Royalty Owners, Marcellus Shale Coalition, Bradford County commissioners and attorney Chris Jones of Griffin, Dawsey, DePaola and Jones, PC in Towanda.

The hearing can be viewed live at

Because of time constraints, there will not be an opportunity for a public comment period. However, written testimony will be accepted by the committee. The public also can submit comments at following the hearing.