July 27, 2012
LeeAnn Murray, Pennsylvania Staff Attorney for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today issued the following statement in response to a recent Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania decision affirming the ability of local authorities to zone drilling activities. The Court additionally overturned a permit waiver provision. "The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania yesterday issued a significant win for the state's natural resources and citizens by closing a loophole in the regulation of drilling for natural gas. Their decision ensures the environmental protections of Act 13 are carried out by striking a provision that allows the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to permit a waiver of established setbacks from water sources.
February 6, 2012
Matthew J. Ehrhart, Pennsylvania Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and a member of the Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, today issued the following statement in response to the final Marcellus bill being voted out of conference committee."HB1950 represents a tremendous step forward for the Commonwealth in managing current and future drilling operations in the Marcellus Shale formation. This bill combines the best of the environmental protection provisions from both SB1100 and HB1950, and improved upon them. The result is a package that while not perfect, will help protect Pennsylvania's environment.