Pennsylvania lawmakers expect forced pooling debate:
An industry tax on Pennsylvania’s lucrative natural gas reserves is one of the keys to lifting the state’s sagging finances. But in exchange the gas industry is pushing for a concession that some say would infringe on individual property rights. Some landowners don’t want to lease their mineral rights to gas companies. But if the industry has its way, what property owners want, won’t matter. State lawmakers are drafting a bill that would allow for what’s called “pooling” — or the ability of gas companies to extract gas from beneath the land of a hold-out.