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Webinar: Designing Shale Gas Leases for Landowner and Environmental Protection

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017, 2:00

Wednesday September 6, 2017. 2:00 PM. Webinar: Designing Shale Gas Leases for Landowner and Environmental Protection. Grace Wildermuth, Penn State University; Casey Wichman and Brandon Cunningham, Resources for the Future. Sponsored by Resources for the Future and Penn State. More details here

Energy lease agreements for land in oil- and gas-producing regions come with trade-offs—not only for landowners, but also for local communities and the environment. The negotiation and signing of leases represent a key moment in the oil and gas development process when landowners can articulate any concerns, protect their assets, and ensure appropriate compensation. Improved access to information and coordination among landowners can help them to negotiate better terms—and even additional measures for environmental protection, above those required by law—when leasing land to energy companies for oil and gas development.

This webinar will feature findings from an ongoing RFF study on energy lease terms for landowners in Washington County, Pennsylvania, an area undergoing rapid oil and gas development. RFF’s Casey Wichman and Brandon Cunningham will discuss their assessment of lease clauses as proxies for environmental regulatory protection. They will also highlight implications for practices that maximize benefits and lease productivity for landowners in oil and gas regions.

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