Marcellus Shale Commission Presents Report To Gov.

From Potter County Today

drillgraphicThe final report of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission has been presented to Governor Tom Corbett and released to the public (see link below). Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, who chaired the commission, called the report “the first step toward developing a comprehensive and strategic plan for responsible natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania.”

Cawley noted that the report, which was unanimously approved by committee members, contains 96 policy recommendations that include regulations for drilling, doubling fines for violations, creating jobs in related industries and promoting the use of natural gas vehicles.

Some of the key recommendations the panel made include:
• Increasing the distance between gas well sites and streams, private wells and public water systems.
• Posting more information online for the public.
• Tougher civil and criminal penalties for violators.
• Assisting Pennsylvania companies to do business with natural gas industry.
• Training Pennsylvanians to work in the industry.
• Developing “green corridors” for vehicles powered by natural gas.

“This commission brought the industry, environmental groups and local government leaders together to the same table, where we methodically and publicly worked out these comprehensive recommendations,” said Cawley.  Governor Corbett formed the 30-member commission in March, asking for recommendations on all aspects of natural gas drilling.  The commission held 21 public meetings, heard 60 expert presentations and reviewed more than 650 emails and letters from the public. 

To see a copy of the report or for more information, visit: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/marcellus_shale_advisory_commission/20074.

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