York County House Republicans Support Legislation to Safely Develop Natural Gas, Protect Environment
2/8/2012
HARRISBURG – York County House Republican delegation members, Reps. Seth Grove (R-Dover), Ron Miller (R-Jacobus), Scott Perry (R-Dillsburg), Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Will Tallman (R-Hanover), issued this statement following approval of the conference committee report on House Bill 1950:

“House Bill 1950 is a win for citizens across Pennsylvania. This legislation will ensure the continuation of job creation in the Commonwealth’s biggest growth industry, promising a hand up in this time of economic stagnation, while maintaining jobs potentially lost to surrounding states. The economic benefits already are flowing far beyond the shale region. New engineering jobs have been created in York, Lancaster and other south central Pennsylvania counties solely due to Marcellus activity, such as the manufacturing of heavy machine parts in York County, and cranes and heavy equipment in Franklin County.

“This legislation will fund the Natural Gas Energy Development Program for initiatives that include the conversion of vehicles to natural gas. This will not only bring tech-sector jobs to the Commonwealth, but it also will increase the use of a domestic, environmentally friendly fuel, reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

“In addition to boosting our economy, the increased production of natural gas will benefit citizens who rely on this clean energy source to heat their homes. Natural gas prices are already at historic lows and increased supply will maintain the affordability of this resource. In fact, Columbia Gas customers have seen an average decrease of about $20 per month on their bills compared to this time last year.

“We are also providing municipalities that host gas well sites with the option of imposing an impact fee on gas companies if they decide to do so, allowing them to generate the income needed to maintain the roads and bridges on which heavy drilling equipment is traveling.

“The environmental protections included in this legislation are significant. The legislation will defend important water resources by increasing drilling well setback distances from waterways. It also will require drillers to disclose the chemical components of hydraulic fracking fluid. York County is in the heart of the Susquehanna River Basin, which is a major tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. We cannot stress enough the importance of this bill’s safeguards for our environment.

“An area of concern for citizens has been the impact drilling could have on our natural resources. This legislation will provide necessary funding for important environmental programs, such as Environmental Stewardship Fund and the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund. It will also ensure that the industry is held accountable for any impact – on the environment or infrastructure – caused by drilling.”

\York County House Republican Delegation
Contact: Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
717.783.8063
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