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The Honorable Jeff Pyle, jpyle@pahousegop.com
Pyle Supports Municipal Control of Marcellus Gas Exploration
2/8/2012
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Indiana) today supported final passage of legislation to allow local governments in Pennsylvania to impose a fee on gas exploration companies.

“Very few things that come out of Harrisburg are perfect, but this bill is much better than what I anticipated,” Pyle said. “It protects local jobs, allows funds to be expended on public safety and emergency preparedness for local police and volunteer fire departments.”

The conference committee report on House Bill 1950, which Pyle voted in favor of, would increase safety setbacks by requiring shale gas wells to be 500 feet from occupied structures and water wells, 1,000 feet from public drinking water sources, and enhance notice to landowners and other affected parties if a permit for a shale well is applied for within 3,000 feet of their boundaries. It also empowers the state to terminate the drilling licenses of companies that violate regulations.

“This bill is locally focused, as municipalities that host the shale wells get the lions’ share of the money and supervisors maintain their authority to protect their townships,” Pyle said. “It also contains vital components to repair infrastructure damage, and has a very strong environmental component as the funds directed to state government are dedicated to environmental protection and the development of greenways, recreational trails, and parks.”

Importantly, Pyle noted, the measure’s variable fee structure is tied to the amount of gas being extracted so that small, local companies that conduct very targeted vertical well drilling, which has the least environmental impact, are not taxed out of existence.

“I could not support a bill that taxed good-paying jobs out of our communities, and I feel these fees are reasonable enough to not deter further job creation,” Pyle said. “This bill makes sure that large corporations doing complex horizontal drilling operations pay their fair share, and ensures companies with deep roots in Pennsylvania remain here.”

State Representative Jeff Pyle
60th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Charles Lardner
clardner@pahousegop.com
717.260.6443
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