More than a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, a government report released Thursday found.
“These state lands are intended to be refuges, places where people can go to enjoy natural beauty,” the governor said today, signing the measure in 275-acre Benjamin Rush State Park, in Northeast Philadelphia.
The Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation (PEDF) sued to halt any additional leases in state parks and forests, and to make sure proceeds from current leases were put into mitigating the impacts of drilling.
Pennsylvania’s auditor general has released a report critical of the Department of Environmental Protection’s regulation of the natural gas drilling industry.
The state legislature continues to move closer to enacting a bill that would regulate natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania.
State Senate action on a bill to regulate and impose fees on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania has been delayed for at least two weeks.
The issue of whether to impose a severance tax on companies looking to drill in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale was front and center on Wednesday at a Pennsylvania House hearing in Montgomery County.