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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Local Drilling ordinances would be voided under plan put forth by Republicans

House panel OKs drilling rules
Local ordinances would be voided under plan put forth by Republicans
Thursday, November 03, 2011

HARRISBURG -- Local rules for gas drilling would be null and void under the Marcellus Shale legislation swiftly approved by a House panel on Wednesday, highlighting a key obstacle in crafting a drilling oversight measure.

The bill's party-line vote immediately drew criticism for the meeting's hasty announcement hours after a draft of the measure was posted on the General Assembly's website.

The panel approval marked the first steps that the House has taken this session toward an assessment on drillers and tougher regulations.

It also means that both the House and Senate have bills primed for quick floor votes when the General Assembly returns to session on Nov. 14.

The House GOP-drafted measure closely matches the impact fee plan outlined by Gov. Tom Corbett and the environmental protections suggested by his Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission. It also includes a provision to use royalty dollars from gas wells on state-owned land to fund environmental initiatives.

But the section drawing the loudest concerns from Democratic members of the House Finance Committee, environmental advocates and others was a provision stating that statewide rules would supersede all local ordinances regulating oil and gas operations.


Anonymous said...

politics! the end of Pennsylvania as we know it.

Anonymous said...

Rules? LOL - how the hell do they know what our water is going to be like 25-50 years from now. The fat get fatter. I honestly can't believe this bullcrap.

Anonymous said...

lets all go on welfare

Anonymous said...

People in New York and California know how to shut things down. We just need to get together and do the same thing here in POTTER COUNTY. Time to take these fat cats on in a way that will hurt them in the pockets!!