House Passes Marcellus/Utica Shale Impact Bill
HARRISBURG (Nov. 17, 2011)– The state House today passed legislation, 107-76, dealing with local and state impacts, environmental concerns and increased regulation of the Marcellus/Utica Shale, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) said today.

“This is about private sector job growth and protecting our citizens and our environment, pure and simple,” Turzai said. “The natural gas industry is the fastest-growing industry in the Commonwealth. The legislation passed today is a balanced approach to protecting Pennsylvania’s residents and resources and continuing the growth of this job-creating industry.”

House Bill 1950 creates uniformity to specifically help those communities dealing with the 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.

This is local government enabling legislation, allowing communities to enact fees to respond to local impacts as a result of natural gas drilling. The legislation protects residents by prohibiting any impact fee from being passed on to property owners or leaseholders.

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs and the Renew Growing Greener Coalition have all stated their support of this bill.

The Marcellus/Utica Shale Impact bill illustrates the House GOP commitment to the job opportunities the Marcellus/Utica Shale represent and illustrates how natural gas exploration and production can be done in a safe and responsible manner. The industry has created tens of thousands of jobs within the Commonwealth and has infused over $10.5 billion into the state’s economy. That figure climbs to $20.5 billion when indirect and induced spending is taken into account.

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