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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Bill Would Protect Pennsylvania's Waters from Drilling Damage

In this bill, natural gas drillers would be responsible for more contaminant liability.

* Mar 08, 2011

Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) praised Senator Gene Yaw for introducing legislation (Senate Bill 601) to protect Pennsylvania’s waterways and drinking water from damage by drilling for natural gas.

“This bill contains the kinds of further protections we need, adding to the good base of regulations we have already passed,” said Jan Jarrett, PennFuture’s president and CEO. “Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) is showing true leadership in creating additional guidelines to protect our water from contamination.”

According to Yaw, “Senate Bill 601 will increase the distance that a natural gas drilling company would be presumed liable for any contamination of a water supply within a year after completion or alteration of a well within 1,500 to 2,500 feet. The legislation will also further increase the horizontal distance from a Marcellus well and an existing building or water supply from 200 feet to 500 feet."
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