Letter: See what Pa. oil and gas bill does

August 11, 2018 Elmira Star-Gazette
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Clinton Owlett is the representative for Pennsylvania’s 68th Legislative District (Tioga, and part of Bradford and Potter counties). On June 5, he voted for Pennsylvania House Bill 2154, which amended oil and gas drilling regulations.

The analyses of HB-2154 by environmental experts of the Environmental Defense Fund, Pennsylvania Environmental Council follow:

•Repeals requirement to meet minimum standards of Safe Drinking Water Act.

•No longer reporting of spills less than 210 gallons of oil or 630 gallons of drilling waste.

•Prevents government from reviewing a well’s impact on public resources.

•Prohibits local governments from requiring what this bill repealed.

•Removes requirement to disclose chemicals used in fracturing.

•Weakens well integrity standards critical for groundwater protection.

This combined statement was released: “Pennsylvania now has the discreditable distinction of being the only state to significantly reduce environmental protection related to oil and gas development in the modern era, walking back decades-old protections and operating standards that are accepted by both the industry at large and other oil and gas producing states.”

Please consider how this bill will impact the purity of your drinking water before you vote for this representative in November.

CONSTANCE CUMMINGS

WESTFIELD


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