George champions drilling bills
House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Chair Camille “Bud” George (D-Clearfield) yesterday introduced an important pair of bills that increase protections for natural resources and property owners from gas drilling. The bills were referred to George’s committee, and we expect hearings and action this spring.
The first proposed law, House Bill 2213 would require the Department of Environmental Protection to beef up inspections of gas well sites, provide greater protection of drinking water, require full disclosure of chemicals in water used to frack the rock to release the gas, update bonding requirements and clarify that local governments still have a role in regulating where gas wells can be placed.
George’s House Bill 2214 would forbid a drilling company from deducting post-production expenses in the calculation of royalty payments for landowners.
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