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District Offices
Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station
21 Kristi Road
Suite 1
Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Office
Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
Fax: (717) 772-9958

E-Mail:  
geverett@pahousegop.com

Everett to Discuss Minimum Royalty Legislation on PCN Program This Coming Monday
3/21/2014
HARRISBURG – Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) will be a guest for the full half hour on the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s (PCN’s) “On the Issues” program this coming Monday, March 24, at 8 p.m. Everett will discuss House Bill 1684, legislation he has introduced that would end a practice which has denied some landowners the full royalty payments they anticipated receiving when they leased their property for natural gas exploration.

The measure passed out of committee last week and is on its way to a full vote in the House.

“I was honored to be asked to appear on ‘On the Issues’ to discuss this important matter,” said Everett. “Landowners throughout the Northern Tier have found their natural gas royalty payments significantly reduced because of the assessment of ‘post-production costs’ by energy companies. Many people believe this practice violates the spirit of a 1979 law that guaranteed minimum royalty payments to those with natural gas wells on their land. My bill would strengthen the law to ensure property owners are fairly compensated and that post-production costs are not assessed.”

“Post-production costs” are expenses that are incurred between the wellhead and a final market point of sale and typically include dehydration and transportation. When these amounts are deducted, final payments to landowners frequently fall below the statutory minimum payment, which is one-eighth, or about 12.5 percent.

“The problem with the 1979 law was that it did not anticipate the technological advances that have allowed natural gas to be extracted from Marcellus Shale,” said Everett. “As a result, ambiguity exists surrounding how royalties on these unconventional wells are to be assessed. I invite residents to tune in to the PCN program to hear exactly how we plan to tackle this problem.”

Additional information about House Bill 1684 and natural gas royalty payments can be found on Everett’s website at www.RepEverett.com and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RepEverett.

Representative Garth D. Everett
84th District

Media Contact: Raymond Smith, 717.705.1834
rsmith@pahousegop.com and RepEverett.com 

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