Policy and Guidelines


Executive Order 2015-03

In January 2015 Governor Wolf signed an executive order re-instating a moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development in state parks and state forests. Read the press release.


Oil and Gas Management Guidelines

In 2016 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.


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.