Oil and Gas Drilling, Greene County Conservation District, Greene County Government, Pennsylvania

Oil & Gas Drilling Information, Greene County Conservation District
Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Act requires unconventional well operators to submit production reports to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) biannually—on Aug. 15 for the period of Jan. 1 through June 30 for the same calendar year and on Feb. 15 for the period of July 1 through Dec. 31 of the previous calendar year.





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General Information on Oil and Gas Drilling in Greene County
Lisa Snider, Conservation District Manager

Contact Person: Zachary Basinger, Environmental Program Specialist, Soil Conservation


Ben Franklin Building, Suite 204
22 West High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5278 / Fax: 724-852-5341
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday—Friday


Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Act requires unconventional well operators to submit production reports to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) biannually—on Aug. 15 for the period of Jan. 1 through June 30 for the same calendar year and on Feb. 15 for the period of July 1 through Dec. 31 of the previous calendar year. All other oil and gas operators are required to submit production reports on an annual basis on Feb. 15 for the previous calendar year. DEP makes every practical effort to post these reports as soon as possible after they are filed. (Click here to read more).


Oil and Gas Reporting:

The Oil and Gas Act reporting is a self-reporting system, meaning that data is reported from producers to DEP as required by law. All production data is posted as it was received from the unconventional well operators. DEP does not independently verify the data before it is posted.

While the Oil and Gas Act requires accurate and on-time data reporting by producers, and the producers and DEP endeavor to correct any errors discovered after the data is posted, DEP makes no claims, promises or guarantees regarding the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of the operators’ data that DEP is required to post.


Oil and Gas Owners:

What we’ve been seeing in the county has been described as a modern gold rush. There are a dozen or more companies in the county that are all vying to lease oil and gas rights. Here at the district we’ve heard about the worst and the best from landowners interactions with the Gas and Oil producers. The best thing you can do is educate yourself before a landman knocks on your door with an offer and a lease for you to sign. First and foremost NEVER sign anything that your lawyer hasn’t looked at first.

The most comprehensive resource we’ve run across is from the website maintained by the Penn State Extension Office extension.psu.edu/naturalgas.

Additionally, though it’s a link on the Penn State Extension Page, be sure to read through www.pagaslease.com.

Read the sites, read every link, make sure you feel you’re informed and have consulted a lawyer before making a pact with an Oil and Gas producer. You may even want to consider an addendum requiring the producer to have their Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plans reviewed by the Conservation District prior to construction.


Marcellus Shale:

Many ask "What is the Marcellus Shale" — it happens to be one of the country's largest deposits of clean-burning natural gas; and it could be right under our feet — in a deep layer of rock known as Marcellus Shale. Pennsylvania and West Virginia are major locations of Marcellus Shale, and to help in transforming our nation's energy future, it will create good jobs to support families and communities for generations to come.

There are four stages in Marcellus Shale development: preparation, drilling, completion and production, & reclamation. All of these phases must be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as part of the natural gas drilling permit process. (Source of Marcellus Shale Information & map image: Range Resources)


Fracking in Pennsylvania:

Pennsylvania is no stranger to oil and natural gas production. In fact more than 350,000 oil and natural gas wells have been drilled for Pennsylvania natural gas since Colonel Frank Drake developed the first commercial oil well in 1859. And now it finds itself in the middle of a shale gas revolution — click here for more information.

Until recently, this formation has been deemed too expensive to access, however recent advances in hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania and horizontal drilling technology have opened up new areas of exploration.


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Greene County Conservation District

Ben Franklin Building (Suite 204), 22 West High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 — 724-852-5278 / Fax: 724-852-5341

County of Greene, Pennsylvania

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