Monday, April 30, 2018

Republicans On House Committee OK Conventional Drilling Bill To Weaken Environmental Protections

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Monday approved and reported out House Bill 2154 (Causer-R-Forest), the Conventional Oil and Gas Act, to regulate conventional drilling operations based on the original 1984 Oil and Gas Act.
Republicans voted for the bill, Democrats and Rep. Becky Corbin (R-Chester) against. The Committee vote will be posted here.
Two amendments were ruled out of order by Majority Committee Chair Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny).
The Department of Environmental Protection, PA Environmental Council and Environmental Defense Fund and other groups opposed the bill saying it would be a wholesale weakening of necessary environmental protection standards for conventional oil and gas drilling and cause great harm to the environment and the public.
No public hearings have been held on either House Bill 2154 or the identical Senate Bill 1088.
The bill is scheduled for action by the full House Tuesday and is expected to move quickly.
Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny) serves as Majority Chair of the House Environmental Committee and can be contacted by calling 717-783-1522 or sending email to:  Rep. Mike Carroll serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by calling 717-787-3589 or sending email to:

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