House Considers Marcellus Shale Impact Bill
HARRISBURG -- The state House today will continue debate and vote on a number of amendments aimed at strengthening a Marcellus/Utica Shale Impact bill, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) said today.

“This is about jobs. Nothing right now holds more economic promise in Pennsylvania than the Marcellus Shale industry,” Turzai said. “The House legislation is striking a balance between protecting residents and resources, and building a vibrant job-creating industry in Pennsylvania.”

House Bill 1950 deals with local and statewide impacts of natural gas exploration and production in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations. The legislation responds to the various issues and concerns regarding unconventional drilling within the Commonwealth.

According to Turzai, House Republican leaders worked with statewide municipal government associations to craft aspects of the legislation.

The Marcellus/Utica Impact bill creates uniformity to specifically help those communities dealing with drilling; strengthens the laws, regulations and oversight to protect water and the environment; and brings needed, dedicated funding for programs benefitting the state’s environmental resources.

The Marcellus/Utica Impact bill illustrates the House GOP commitment to the job opportunities the industry represents and illustrates how natural gas exploration and production can be done in a safe and responsible manner.

The bill is on second consideration and is expected to be voted on final consideration tomorrow or next week.

State Representative Mike Turzai
28th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Stephen Miskin
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