Monday, October 15, 2012

Pennsylvania Act 13 Frequently Asked Questions

Act 13 Frequently Asked Questions

The purpose of this FAQ is to highlight changes in the new law. This FAQ should not be used in lieu of reference to the law itself. The information in this guidance is solely advisory and does not represent a legal interpretation by the department. Nothing in this summary shall affect any statutory requirements.

General overview

Act 13 became law when Governor Corbett signed House Bill 1950 on Feb. 14, 2012.

To view the legislation, click here.
A conventional gas well, also known as a traditional well, is a well that produces oil or gas from a conventional formation. Conventional formations are variable in age, occurring both above and below the Elk Sandstone. While a limited number of such gas wells are capable of producing sufficient quantities of gas without stimulation by hydraulic fracturing, most conventional wells require this stimulation technique due to the reservoir characteristics in Pennsylvania. Stimulation of conventional wells, however, generally does not require the volume of fluids typically required for unconventional wells.

Permitting, notifications, bonding and reporting


Environmental protections and setbacks


Inspections and enforcements


Containment for unconventional wells


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