An arbitration panel established for a little-used natural gas extraction process would be expanded to all natural-gas disputes in Pennsylvania under legislation recently introduced in the state Senate. The Pennsylvania General Assembly established the three-member Coal Bed Methane Review Board in 2010 to settle disputes over well locations and access roads between surface landowners and those who own the mineral rights. Under the bill, the review board would resolve well-location and access-road disputes for all gas wells.
The coal-bed methane process extracts natural gas from coal beds rather than conventional natural-gas reservoirs.
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