Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wednesday NewsClips

In anticipation of the winter storm, the Senate Appropriations Committee has canceled the 3:00 hearing today on the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Thursday’s hearings on the Public Utility Commission, Department of Aging and State Related Universities.  The House has not yet canceled any hearings.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said during his Senate Appropriations budget hearing Tuesday he was still several weeks away from completing the fieldwork on his audit of the drilling-related water quality programs at DEP.
Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) noted Pennsylvania has no construction standards on private water wells and almost half of all Pennsylvanians use well water.
"There have been a lot of water problems in Pennsylvania for decades," General DePasquale said. "I don't know if people understood that. In recent years because of the additional drilling, I think there's been much more awareness by the public about the importance of water safety. The drillers have gotten blamed for some stuff that they had nothing to do with. I will tell you that we are seeing some evidence of that and I just will leave it at that right now."
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