ACTION: Tell your State Representative and State Senator that you oppose HB 1576 and SB 1047.
The push to drill wherever in the Marcellus Shale area is relentless, from county parks to state forests. A recent NPR interview dealt with the fragmentation of Pennsylvania’s forest due to drilling activity, new roads, and pipelines. Of particular concern is the disturbance of the rare areas of ‘core forests’ deep in the woods. Now the gas industry is seeking to remove restrictions on where they may drill in the forests.
They are supporting legislation (HB 1576 and SB 1047) that would move the responsibility of entries on the state endangered Species list from the independent biologists of Game and the Fish and Boat Commissions to members of the legislature. Also of concern to conservationists is the bill’s provision to allow environmental permits to be given without consideration of the impact on endangered species. Bill proposes Rep. Pyle (R-Armstrong) and Sen. Scarnati (R-Jefferson) argue that changes are needed to help create jobs.