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House Committee Approves Bill To Require Separate Regulations For Pennsylvania Drilling

June 27, 2014

A state House committee this week approved and sent to the full House legislation that would require Pennsylvania to adopt separate regulations for shallow well drilling than would cover drilling in Marcellus shale.

One of the measure’s co-sponsors, Representative Kathy Rapp, from Warren County, cited vast differences between conventional and Marcellus drilling.  Rapp said the “overall impact on the surrounding environment is far less than that of deep, Marcellus wells.”  She added that both types of drilling will continue to be regulated, but she is pleased the legislation is moving forward “for the sake of our shallow well producers and all of the people they employ” after more than 150 years of industry operations in this part of Pennsylvania.

Rapp co-sponsored the bill along with Representative Martin Causer, from McKean County, and Matt Gabler, who represents Clearfield and Elk Counties.

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