Meadville Tribune

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March 2, 2013

Gas leases quietly bring in millions for state's conservation agencies


HARRISBURG — Did you know?

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has 2.2 million acres of land, including 1.5 million acres in the Marcellus shale region. DCNR has issued three shale gas-specific leases totaling 138,866 acres. DCNR has approved 211 well pads and 842 shale gas wells since 2008.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has approved leases involving 41,000 acres of land. Overall, the game commission has 300 tracts of land totaling 1.4 million acres, making it the second-largest landowner in the Commonwealth, behind DCNR. The commission has approved 90 wells on 40 well pads on 14 different gameland sites.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has approved three non-surface oil and gas agreements involving 1,400 acres. A spokesman said those sites are not operating yet. The Fish and Boat Commission manages 17,600 acres of land in the Marcellus region.

Finnerty reports from Harrisburg for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.’s Pennsylvania newspapers, including The Meadville Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @cnhipa.

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