Policy and Guidelines


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DCNR's Approach

DCNR is committed to managing natural gas activity on state forest lands while protecting important ecological and recreational resources. There is currently a moratorium on any additional state forest leases. Learn more about DCNR's approach to shale gas development and the recommendations of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission

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Non-Surface Disturbance Leasing

Limited leasing will allow natural gas to be extracted only where there will be no additional long-term disturbance on DCNR lands. Get more information from this fact sheet and read the executive order in this news release.

 

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Oil and Gas Management Guidelines

In 2013 DCNR revised the guidelines for administering oil and gas activities on state forest lands. For a summary of the guideline revisions click here.  If you would like to comment on these guidelines please send them to ra-naturalgas@state.pa.us

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State Forest Natural Gas Lease Document

Download a sample copy of our extensive state forest natural gas lease document.

 

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Supporting Documents

Find information on DCNR's natural gas management philosophy, environmental reviews for past lease sales, forest conversion projections, and more. Click here for information about Act 9 Emergency Response signage. Click here for information about Act 9 operator's road sign guidance.