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[ January 7, 2014 | Comments Off | ]

In mid-December, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued proposed changes to the state’s oil and gas regulations, known as Chapter 78 of the Pennsylvania Code. Act 13, the oil and gas law passed in 2012, requires DEP to make Read the rest

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[ March 18, 2013 | Comments Off | ]

March 18, 2013

Secretary Krancer’s Response to Water Testing Questions Offers No Answers and is Politically Charged

Harrisburg, PA – Members of environmental and citizen groups sent several thousand emails to Governor Tom Corbett and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary … Read the rest

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[ March 18, 2013 | Comments Off | ]

February 19, 2013

Environmental and Citizens Groups take DEP Water Testing Concerns to House Democratic Policy Committee

Washington, PA –State Representative Jesse White is hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing in Washington County today to examine the Pennsylvania … Read the rest

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[ March 18, 2013 | Comments Off | ]

February 4, 2013

 PA DEP Keeps Homeowners in the Dark on Water Testing Policy, Abruptly Cancels Meetingwith Environmental Groups

PA DEP’s failure to explain their water testing policies and use of suite codes continues to leave concerned public demanding answersRead the rest

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[ December 3, 2012 | Comments Off | ]

The passage of Act 13 by the Pennsylvania state legislature on February 14th, 2012 made a few improvements to state regulation of fracking in Pennsylvania, but created several huge loopholes that  that directly impact the environment and have the potential … Read the rest

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[ February 10, 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Pennsylvania Senate and House Vote for Preemption of Municipal Zoning to Favor Gas Drilling and Operations;  Industry Interests Dominate the Public Interest

ORGANIZATIONS DECRY LACK OF CONCERN FOR COMMUNITIES, HEALTH, AND PROPERTY

This past Tuesday in the Senate and Wednesday in the House, the Pennsylvania legislature voted in favor of HB1950, a compromise gas development bill that was hammered out behind closed doors under the heavy hand of Governor Tom Corbett. Under the guise of providing “impact fees” to municipalities where gas operations occur, the legislature effectively supported a takeover of municipalities by the State and the gas industry by gutting established and effective local planning and zoning rights.

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[ January 25, 2012 | Comments Off | ]
PA Residents, Groups, Local Officials Urge Legislature to Oppose Impact Fee Bill

(Harrisburg) – On Tuesday, January 17, as legislators returned to Harrisburg for the first session day of 2012, hundreds of Pennsylvania residents and local officials called on state leaders to oppose the omnibus gas drilling bills, HB 1950 and SB 1100, which cleared the State House and Senate in late 2011.

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[ November 14, 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Local Officials from Across State Urge Legislature to Protect Rights

Letter calls for rejection of any reduction in rights to pass local ordinances on gas drilling

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(Harrisburg) – Municipal officials from a dozen different counties across Pennsylvania jointly wrote to the PA General Assembly today calling for a rejection of legislative proposals to reduce or eliminate municipal governments’ rights to enact local zoning ordinances concerning Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

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[ November 14, 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Local Officials Sign Letter to State Legislature Defending Local Rights

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November 14, 2011

Dear members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly:

As elected officials representing constituents across the Commonwealth, we are writing with concerns regarding Marcellus Shale natural gas development. Municipalities all across Pennsylvania are working to enact or have enacted measures designed to protect the environment and health, safety, and welfare of their communities and residents.

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