Chief Oil & Gas Statement on PA Legislative Efforts to Provide Statewide Environmental Protections For the Development of Natural Gas

Chief is pleased with the progress made in Harrisburg yesterday with the passage of H. B. 1950 to establish a more comprehensive and predictable set of uniform standards that will promote continued job creation and economic growth.

Uniform, statewide environmental and safety standards are important to Chief Oil & Gas’ ability to continue natural gas development efficiently and economically. Chief is pleased with the progress made in Harrisburg yesterday with the passage of H. B. 1950 to establish a more comprehensive and predictable set of uniform standards that will promote continued job creation and economic growth.

Most importantly, H. B. 1950 includes many of the recommendations made by the Marcellus Shale Commission earlier this year.  In addition to uniform standards, the bill includes many added environmental protections for air and water as well as the establishment of an impact fee that will keep the Commonwealth competitive with other states and shale development areas.

"Like any good legislation, H. B. 1950 is the result of much compromise on the part of all those involved. But at its core, the legislation under consideration in Harrisburg is in keeping with Chief's commitment to Pennsylvania, the communities where we live and work and to protecting and preserving our natural resources. We look forward to working with the bill's sponsors as well as the House and Senate leadership and Governor to support final passage into law," said Kristi Gittins, Vice President of Industry and Public Affairs for Chief.

To view the supporting statement made yesterday by the Marcellus Shale Coaltion, click here.