Boback introduces bill to study laws of gas drilling

Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) announced recently that she has introduced legislation to direct the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to perform a comprehensive study of the Commonwealth’s current laws and regulations governing the development of natural gas within the Marcellus Shale formation.

“As the unprecedented interest in this natural resource continues to grow, it is important for us to take stock of the laws and regulations we have on the books to ensure that we are effectively protecting our citizens and our environment from the potentially harmful impact of natural gas drilling,” said Boback. “If the study uncovers disparities or weaknesses in our laws and regulations, the Legislature can promptly move to address them.”

House Resolution 729 would direct the LBFC to conduct the study and report its findings, along with recommendations for updates, to the General Assembly. The resolution has been referred to the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

Boback noted that the Marcellus Shale region covers 60 percent of the Commonwealth and the drilling that is taking place into the shale is deeper than was possible when many of the laws regulating the industry were written.

“There is a lot at stake for Pennsylvania when it comes to the Marcellus Shale,” said Boback. “It is important that we take a reasoned and informed approach to addressing the issue of drilling. Responsible drilling must be our foremost concern.”

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