natural gas drilling
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s budget secretary says the administration is not ruling out a tax on natural gas drilling as Corbett and lawmakers grapple with a budget deficit of more than a billion dollars.
Governor Tom Corbett has followed through on his previously stated intention to allow more natural gas drilling below Pennsylvania state parks and forests.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett toured Aqua America’s Compressed Natural Gas fueling station in Springfield on Tuesday and touted the benefits of the state’s natural gas drilling policies.
The state Supreme Court has struck down portions of a controversial law governing natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale regions.
The battle over the state’s attempt to supersede local regulations for natural gas drilling operations appears headed for the state Supreme Court, now that a lower court has overturned part of a state law passed earlier this year.
Legislation imposing a moratorium on gas and oil drilling in Bucks and Montgomery Counties was included in budget legislation approved over the weekend, touching off a firestorm of controversy.
A controversial bill to impose regulations and impact fees on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania is on its way to becoming law. A state House vote yesterday sent the bill to the governor’s desk.
A spokesman for Chester Republican Dominic Pileggi, the Senate majority leader, says negotiations have heated up to get a natural gas drilling bill to the Governor’s desk.
Pennsylvania lawmakers return to the state capitol this week to begin the second year of their two-year legislative session with several major issues carrying over from year one.
Opponents of natural gas drilling in Northeastern Pennsylvania came to Philadelphia on Friday, demanding that the EPA administrator order fresh water deliveries to their town.
It looks increasingly as if many of Governor Corbett’s ambitious agenda items will have to wait until next year if they are to get done.
New York is on record against fracking, and now Delaware indicates it will also vote no, given concerns over protection of drinking water.
Both the Pennsylvania House and Senate have now passed different bills to regulate and impose fees on the state’s natural gas drilling industry.
Governor Corbett says he will soon have something to say on the subject of school voucher legislation, but he’s giving more indications transportation funding may not be addressed this fall as was expected.
Tracy Carluccio of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network says the proposed fees pale in comparison to the damage that can be done by fracking.