Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Senate Environmental Committee OKs Bill To Make Report On Impacts Of Deep Coal Mining Optional, And Other Bills

On June 25, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee reported out legislation making reports on impacts of deep coal mining options and other legislation.  The bills included --
-- Making Report On Impacts Of Underground Coal Mining Optional: Senate Bill 763 (Bartolotta-R-Washington) - Amends the Bituminous Mine Subsidence and Land Conservation Act (Act 54) to make reporting on impacts of underground coal mining optional [reported out by party-line vote, Republicans supporting].  Click Here for more.
-- Accounting For Gas Production From Multiple Leases: Senate Bill 694 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) amends the Oil and Gas Act to provide for a process and accounting mechanism to allow well bores to cross multiple units, provided the operator has the right to drill wells on the units via leases with all landowners/members of the units [not pooling] (sponsor summary);
-- Coal Refuse Permit Cessation: House Bill 1557 (Gabler-R-Clearfield) - amends the Coal Refuse Disposal Control Act to provide for the temporary cessation of coal refuse disposal site permits; and
-- Spent Mushroom Compost: Senate Bill 256 (Dinniman-D-Chester) amends the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101), to expand the definition of “compost materials" to include spent mushroom substrate (sponsor summary).
The bills now go to the full Senate for consideration.
Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) serves as Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Committee and can be contacted by calling 717-787-3280 or sending email to: gyaw@pasen.gov.   Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by calling 717-787-7105 or sending email to: yudichak@pasenate.com.
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