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Here It Is: The Impact Fee Bill

With the caveat that some details could change between now and the conference committee vote, here’s the latest 173-page draft of legislation creating an impact fee and overhauling Pennsylvania’s drilling regulations. We’ll highlight the most interesting sections over the course of the afternoon.

Click “Read More” to see an annotated version of the bill.

 

Comments

  • Wanda Guthrie

    Inquiring minds are not as concerned about the impact fee as we are about the PUC becoming our new local planning board as well as court of last resort.

  • Schmetzer4008

    Any legislator who votes to destroy the voice of local communities will feel the pain at the polls with pickets from local community activists and elected officials that just got hammered.

  • Heavenman77

    Fracking = US children future compromised. Water is life.

  • CURE PGH

    THANKS TO THE COMPROMISING OF OUR DEMOCRACY BY HUGE SUMS OF MONEY  FROM THE GAS INDUSTRY TO OUR”PUBLIC SERVANTS”, WE ARE HEADED TO BOLSHEVIK RUSSIA 1918. THANKS TOM CORBETT AND JOE SCARNATTI,YOU WILL DESERVE YOUR PLACE IN HISTORY

  • Gloria

    So now the drillers are writing the Commonwealth’s legislation & greasing the skids so the junk law passes – they must be paying top dollar, b/c thousands of people have been phoning, emailing and writing, in opposition to both HB1950 & SB1100 to both the house & senate over the last week.  Take heart the 2012 Primaries are just around the corner & every state rep is up for election. 

  • Jet

    I sure hope that all of those who signed leases in Peters Township, Washington County, PA, realize that if this legislation passes our township will not only be stripped of our ordinance (that Peters Twp. spent over 2 years perfecting…in order to protect us) but will strip us of our 40 acre over-lay map (where currently drilling is allowed; and because of that 40 acre over-lay these people thought that they were safe) and this will allow drilling throughout the township.  Here, listen to our Councilman, Mr. Dave Ball’s, extreme warning: 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fez8puzzf1c&feature=youtu.be

    This is the very same Council who fought the resident filed referendum to ban drilling in our township.  I guess they are now backpedaling.  We told them that this legislation was coming down the pipe (pun intended!).  To bad that no one was paying attention back then.  When will municipal governments understand that we concerned citizens/activist/constituents are NOT their enemy.  All along we were hoping to join forces.  Mr. Dave Ball is right but too bad that the rest of the council don’t seem to get it; because, one in the background is defending the 300 foot set back.  Sad.
    Read the Oil & Gas Conservation Act of 2005….if that doesn’t scare you I don’t know what will….and what is more terrifying is that most of these House Representatives know NOTHING about this act.  Ask yourself, “How are these drill sites being permitted by the DEP and why aren’t they being permitted as Marcellus Shale wells?”

  • http://twitter.com/Dissenta Dissenta

    p 163, Chapter 33 “Local Ordinances Relating to Oil & Gas Operations” regarding compressor stations says they are permitted if a certain setback plus “the noise level does not exceed a noise standard of 60 dbA at the nearest property line or the applicable standard imposed by Federal law whichever is greater.” (Same noise restrictions for NG processing plants). Just discovered Amy Mall’s NRDC blog post from 2010 about low-frequency noise (LFN, also called vibro-noise or infrasound) which turns out to be extremely injurious to humans as studied by European scientists (http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/amall/live_on_tape_the_dangerous_noi.html) — read all her links, good place to start. The kicker is, while compressor station noise is annoying in terms of that constant loud humming, the harmful LFN frequency is too low to be heard by human hearing — it’s inaudible! Never even heard of this before and there are medical journals (in Europe) devoted to VibroAcoustic Disease (VAD) caused by LFN whose health effects are not via the ear but whole body impacts. Symptoms manifest especially in cardiovascular and hypertensive effects as well as cognitive changes. If true that LFN is emitted by compressors stations (to be allowed in residential areas with setback), LFN not even mentioned in HB1950 draft. Read the Portugal study from 2004 linked from Amy’s blog post. I will be researching as much as possible to learn more and writing to EPA, DEP, and elected officials in Harrisburg. Already difficult fighting radiation, air and water pollution because of invisibility — now here’s something that could be horrible that’s inaudible.

    When does this series of nearly-daily nightmares ever have the effect of slowing down this runaway train? No independent comprehensive study of human health effects ever done on state or Fed level. Only in a corporatocracy could this be happening, even without LFN. My God.

    • Shdnobetr

       Low Frequency Noise…you are more full of it than a Christmas Turkey! 

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