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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Rep. Causer Says House Bill Preserves All Local Zoning Rights

Final House Bill Passed Preserves Zoning Rights

Causer Issues Statement on Marcellus/Utica Shale Impact Bill

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) issued the following statement regarding his “yes” vote on House Bill 1950, the Marcellus/Utica Shale Impact bill.

“My top priority with any impact fee bill has always been to ensure that the bulk of the money stays local. Under House Bill 1950, a full 75 percent of money generated by any impact fees enacted by a county stay in that county and its municipalities to maintain local roads and bridges, preserve and protect water supplies, and enhance emergency preparedness and public safety.

“The remaining 25 percent of impact fee revenue will be sent to the Commonwealth, but it is primarily set aside for infrastructure, environmental protection and public safety initiatives in regions where drilling is taking place. I believe this is an appropriate way to invest impact fee dollars.

“It was also important that any impact fee measure adopted by the House not put the state at a competitive disadvantage with other Marcellus Shale gas-producing states. The fee established by this legislation, along with our existing tax structure, ensures the drilling industry can continue to grow and create jobs in our region.

“To strike the right balance between environmental protection and economic development, the bill also boosts regulation to ensure the protection of our water supply. Specifically, it increases setback requirements to keep gas wells a safe distance from streams, water wells and public water supplies.

“While the proposal initially sought to preempt all local zoning laws relative to drilling, the bill that ultimately passed the House preserves those local zoning rights. This initiative earned the support of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.

“The bill that passed the House is still a work in progress and differs significantly from what is contained in Senate Bill 1100, which was adopted by the state Senate earlier this week. We must now work to address these differences before a final bill can be sent to the governor’s desk.”

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

This is Bullcrap Marty!!!!
The lowest drilling fees in the USA? We know we're sitting on the Saudi Arabia of gas,and YOU'RE giving it away for 1%!
Are YOU that deep in the drillers' pockets too? I thought that, being a hometown kind of guy, I could trust you to do what's right for US, your constituents. Instead, you protect the drillers' bottom line, and in turn, your campaign contributions.
This has caused me to lose a great deal of respect for you Marty, mostly because you think we're not aware enough to know what's really happening here. There are cuts to education, social services all over the place, no more WAMS for local commun ities, and yet you let the drillers walk away without any contribution except 1%.
They're laughing at you all over the USA, and us, for electing you.
One question remains.... did you even think of your local peoples' lack of gov. services before you voted to screw them?

Anonymous said...

6:19:00 PM "This has caused me to lose a great deal of respect for you..."
Marty lost respect for you first!

Why does this surprise you?
In Marty's own press release dated
2/13/2009 he is critical of the previous administration stating;

"To top it off, the governor is proposing more than $280 million in new taxes, including a tax on natural gas harvested from the Marcellus Shale..."

Clearly it has not been Marty's intention to tax the industry.

http://www.repcauser.com/NewsItem.aspx?NewsID=4540

Anonymous said...

State Senator Daylin Leach on Senate Bill 1100..."...it would actually be below what the drilling industry itself proposed."

and they call us dumbocrats...ROFL!