Ballard Spahr partner Harry Weiss, commenting on the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission’s final report on natural gas drilling in the state, said the legislature will probably take a hard look at amending the state’s Oil and Gas Conservation Law to include the Marcellus formation.

“One might also expect to see some attention to provisions providing for additional and more intensive oversight of drilling by the Department of Environmental Protection to address the public's concerns about hydraulic fracturing,” Mr. Weiss said.