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Friday, April 15, 2016

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Capitol Update
Friday, April 15, 2016 The latest news from the State Capitol
Committee Votes to Disapprove Oil, Gas Regulations
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee voted this week to disapprove proposed regulations impacting the oil and gas industry.

 
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As a member of the committee, I made the motion to disapprove because the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Environmental Quality Board (EQB) ignored the law and violated several aspects of the rulemaking process while putting the regulations together.

As a result, the proposed regulations fail to recognize the vast differences between conventional and unconventional drilling and, in fact, threaten the future of the 150-year-old conventional industry.

The Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) will be notified of the committee’s disapproval in advance of its meeting to take up the regulations next week.

Read more about the issue here
Click here to watch video of the entire committee meeting.


 
The Rev. Robert Brest of Bradford First Free Methodist Church served as guest chaplain for the state House of Representatives on Monday, April 11. Pictured left to right are House Speaker Mike Turzai, Rev. Brest, his wife Phyllis, and Rep. Martin Causer. Click here to watch the Rev. Brest offer the opening prayer


 
It was an honor to travel to the nation’s capital on Wednesday to testify at a hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture about the impact of the oil and gas industry on rural economies. Thank you to Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson for inviting me to testify.

Congressional Ag Committee Hosts Hearing on Oil and Gas Industry

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to testify before the House Committee on Agriculture in Washington, D.C., about the impacts of the oil and gas industry on rural economies like ours.

During my testimony, I talked about the rich, 150-year-old history of oil and gas drilling in our region, the economic impacts of the rise of unconventional drilling and the challenges we face now as a result of the decline in the oil and gas market.

I also outlined what I believe should be our next steps in ensuring the industry can not only survive but thrive in the years ahead. One of those steps is to build our pipeline infrastructure and the other would be to promote more industrial consumers of natural gas to locate in the regions where drilling takes place. Examples of this include two natural gas-powered electrical plants in Bradford and Lycoming counties and the potential ethane cracker plant in Beaver County which would require natural gas resources from all over the western part of our state, potentially creating thousands of jobs.

Other testifiers on the panel included Jackie Root, president of the National Association of Royalty Owners -- Pennsylvania Chapter; and Angie Sims, CEO of Buster’s Well Service Inc. in Texas.

To read my full testimony, click here

For more information about the hearing, visit the committee’s website here.


House Endorses Bill to Encourage More First Responders
In my ongoing effort to support volunteer fire and emergency services recruitment efforts, I voted in favor of a bill this week to authorize local governments to enact earned income and property tax liability tax credits for active volunteers of these organizations.

House Bill 1683 would give municipalities, county governments and school districts the authority to offer active volunteers a tax credit of up to 20 percent of their tax liability.

The measure also would require the state fire commissioner to establish the annual requirements of the tax credit program for active volunteers, such as the number of calls responded to, the training undertaken, or qualifying participation in the functions of the organization. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.    

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

Marcellus Marty`s finest moment...

Anonymous said...

Nice idea on first responders, but whose tax dollars are going to be used to pay for monitoring the plan? and to control the inevitable abuse?

Anonymous said...

Volunteer firefighters should get tax credits or something for all their hard work and risking their lives every time they are called out...to save OUR lives!!!! They do not get paid for saving OUR lives!!!! I personally do not have a problem if my tax dollars went to helping them out...they might need to save MY life or my LOVED ONES!!!!?

Anonymous said...

Regarding the oil and gas industry, rather than ensuring that this industry thrives, we should be doing everything we can to replace fossil fuels with clean, renewable energy! What is wrong with the people in Harrisburg? Do you not care about clean air and water for your children and grandchildren? Unbelievable. So very, very sad.