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Outdoors notebook: Agreement will allow for gas removal at lake

| Sunday, November 30, 2014 4:54 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recently entered into an agreement with REX Energy to take gas and oil from beneath Glade Run Lake in Middlesex, Butler County.

The deal does not allow for surface impacts on the commission-owned property. The company will have to build its well on adjacent lands it has gained access to and draw the oil and gas from under the 146-acre lake property.

REX Energy will pay the commission an upfront bonus of $643,312 as well as royalty payments on 19.5 percent on minerals extracted.

The terms of the deal are in keeping with past leases. To date, the commission has made about $9.2 million in oil and gas lease revenues, with similar deals in place at a number of lakes, including Donegal in Westmoreland County, Hereford Manor in Beaver, Dunlap Creek in Fayette, Hemlock Lake in Indiana and Dutch Fork Lake in Washington.

The revenues are being used to repair high-hazard dams.

Pennsylvania Game Commissioners, meanwhile, recently approved two energy leases in Southwestern Pennsylvania that will generate about $240,000 in revenue.

One lease allows Patriot Exploration to remove oil and gas from beneath 359 acres of state game land 245 in Washington County. The second allows Noble Energy to extract oil and gas from below five acres of state game land 302 on the border of Washington and Greene counties.

Micro beads

Those tiny plastic balls in shampoo, soap and toothpaste meant to “scrub” you clean?

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission recently passed a resolution that calls on federal, provincial and state governments to ban the sale of products containing such microbeads by 2015. The problem, it said, is that beads go down the drain, through wastewater treatment plants and into the environment. The first open-water survey of the Great Lakes looking for plastic, done in 2012, “found some of the highest concentrations of microplastic ever recorded on earth,” it said.

Once in the water, the beads collect toxins. Fish and other organisms eat them, the commission said, with the beads hurting the fish outright or making their way up the food chain.

Trout streams

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners added eight streams to the state’s list of wild trout waters. Among those are Bear Rock Run and an unnamed tributary to the North Branch Little Conemaugh River in Cambria County, an unnamed tributary to Little Yellow Creek in Indiana, Harbridge Run in Westmoreland and Shanks Run and Ware Run in Somerset.

The population in Ware Run is particularly good. Commissioners added the stream to its list of Class A waters, which are the best of the best wild trout fisheries.

Camp rosters

Hunters no longer need to fill out camp rosters.

For decades, the Pennsylvania Game Commission required groups of five or more people hunting from a permanent camp to fill out and post a participant roster during big-game seasons. They needed to fill out paper rosters in duplicate and post one copy at the camp for at least 30 days following the close of any deer, bear or elk season.

No more. Game Commissioners did away with that rule at their recent meeting.

Wild elk

The elk that roamed Armstrong County last fall before being poached was a member of the state’s wild herd that went exploring.

DNA testing confirmed that, and that the cow did not have chronic wasting disease, Game Commission officer Rod Burns said.

The investigation into the elk’s shooting is ongoing. Anyone with information can call 724-238-9523.

Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.

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