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District Offices

Somerset Office
301 Georgian Place

Somerset, PA 15501
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (814) 443-4230
Fax: (814) 443-3866

Windber Office
1605 Graham Avenue
Windber, PA 15963
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday
Closed on Wednesday 
Phone: (814) 467-4011

Hyndman Office
158 Washington St.
Hyndman, PA. 15545
Open on Wednesdays only from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
(814) 842-3362
TOLL-FREE: (866) 779-1477
Fax: (814) 842-3367
Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment

Capitol Office
Room 111 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202069
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2069
(717) 783-8756
Fax: (717) 782-2911

Metzgar Amendment Protects Land Owners
HARRISBURG –Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) sponsored an amendment which protects landowners who have leases for natural gas drilling on their property. The amendment to House Bill 1684 was designed to prevent property owners from being shortchanged on royalty payments by gas companies. It was adopted by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today.

“In light of a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision, new legislation was required to further define the mechanism for determining minimum royalty payments,” said Metzgar. “My amendment specifically ensured that the minimum as set by the General Assembly in 1979, is followed to the letter, rather than exploited by semantic legal loopholes.”

Although existing Pennsylvania statute guarantees landowners at minimum, a one-eighth royalty on their lease, some landowner royalty payments have all but been eliminated due to an increase in the assessment of post-production costs and other associated fees. The Metzgar amendment ensures that the minimum royalty is not eliminated by post production fees, preventing the royalty from dropping below the one-eighth requirement.

House Bill 1684 could come up for a House vote on second consideration by the end of this week.

Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar
69th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(814) 443-4230
Contact: Raymond Smith
House Republican Public Relations  
(717) 705-1834
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