This page will contain information about regulations surrounding the development of gas from Marcellus shale.  Some of the topics that we will address will include:

Link to:  Issues--Regulations


Institute Essay: What is the "Halliburton Loophole?"


Pennsylvania State Marcellus Shale Legislation/Impact Fee

In Februrary 2012, the Pennsylvania State Legislature enacted legislation making comprehensive changes to the state Oil and Gas Act and other laws and regulations to address the Marcellus Shale gas play and authorizing an "impact fee" to be assessed on wells to provide funding to local, county and state government agencies to mitigate the costs associated resulting from the impact of shale gas development. The legislation was signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett.

Click here to read the text of the legislation (Act 13)


By government body

  • Federal regulations
  • River basin authorities
    • Susquehanna River Basin
    • Delaware River Basin
  • Local regulations

By activity

  • Earth disturbance caused by gas development
  • Impacts to existing wetlands and watercourses
  • Impacts to rare plants and animals
  • Water withdrawal
  • Storage of potentially hazardous substances
  • Injecting water and potentially hazardous substances into deep wells
  • Geographic restrictions of hydrofracking operations
  • Onsite storage of produced water
  • Disposal of produced water on land
  • Disposal of produced water into existing waterbodies
  • Transport of produced water