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Pennsylvania Legislation
as of March 22, 2013

Pa. Bill #

Sponsor

Title/Description

Last Action

HB 268

Rep. White

An Act providing for disclosure of certain test results by the Department of Environmental Protection; and imposing a civil penalty.

Jan. 23, 2013

-Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 96

Rep. Godshall

An Act amending the act of July 11, 2006 (P.L.1134, No.115), known as the Dormant Oil and Gas Act, further providing for purpose, for definitions and for creation of trust for unknown owners.

Jan. 14, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 97

Former HB 375

Rep. Godshall

An Act amending the act of July 11, 2006 (P.L.1134, No.115), known as the Dormant Oil and Gas Act, providing for oil and gas estate abandonment and for preservation of interests in oil and gas.

Jan. 14, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 200

Rep. Vitali

An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for distribution of fee and for Statewide initiatives; providing for the PA Sunshine Solar Program; and making a related repeal.

Feb. 13, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 302

Marcellus Works Package

Rep. Moul

An Act establishing the Keystone Transit Program; and providing a transfer of funds from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund to the Department of Environmental Protection for a competitive grant program for the transition of small mass transit bus fleets to compressed natural gas.

Feb. 5, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 303

Marcellus Works Package

Rep. Watson

An Act establishing the Clean Transit Program; and providing a transfer of funds from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund to the Department of Environmental Protection for a loan program for the transition of large mass transit bus fleets to compressed natural gas.

Feb. 5, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 304 Marcellus Works Package

Rep. Marshall

An Act requiring certain large mass transit agencies to purchase buses that meet certain criteria within a specific implementation schedule; and providing for the powers and duties of the Department of Transportation.

Feb. 5, 2013 -Referred to Transportation

HB 305 Marcellus Works Package

Rep. Denlinger

An Act amending the act of March 4, 1971 (P.L.6, No.2), known as the Tax Reform Code of 1971, providing for a natural gas corridor tax credit; and imposing penalties. Marcellus Works Package

Feb. 5, 2013 -Referred to Finance

HB 306

Marcellus Works Package

Rep. Pickett

An Act amending the act of November 29, 2004 (P.L.1376, No.178), known as the Alternative Fuels Incentive Act, further providing for title of act, for short title, for definitions, for the Alternative Fuels Incentive Fund and for biomass-based diesel production incentives; and making editorial changes.

Feb. 5, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 307

Marcellus Works Package

Rep. Evankovich

An Act amending the act of January 8, 1960 (1959 P.L.2119, No.787), known as the Air Pollution Control Act, providing for the Clean Vehicles Program.

Feb. 5, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 308

Marcellus Works Package

Rep. Saylor

An Act amending the act of January 8, 1960 (1959 P.L.2119, No.787), known as the Air Pollution Control Act, further providing for definitions and for disposition of fees, fines and civil penalties; establishing the Keystone Vehicle Program; and making editorial changes.

Feb. 5, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 309 Marcellus Works Package

Rep. Grove

An Act amending the act of March 4, 1971 (P.L.6, No.2), known as the Tax Reform Code of 1971, providing for a natural gas vehicle tax credit.

Marcellus Works Package

Feb. 5, 2013 -Referred to Finance

HB 351

Rep. Reed

An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in general requirements, further providing for well permits.

Jan. 29, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 402

Former HB 2320

Rep. Pickett

An Act imposing duties on lessees of oil and natural gas leases; and providing for the recording of releases from oil and natural gas leases and of affidavits of termination or cancellation.

Jan. 29, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 444

Rep. Causer

An Act amending the act of May 17, 1929 (P.L.1798, No.591), referred to as the Forest Reserves Municipal Financial Relief Law, providing for distribution of timber, wood products and gas and oil ground rentals and royalties.

Jan. 30, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 661

Rep. Milne

An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, in general requirements relating to development, further providing for use of safety devices. “Promoting the Natural Gas Sector by Enhancing Public Safety Communications - Prior HB2312

Feb. 11, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 800

Rep. Mundy

An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for well location restrictions. “Reintroduction of Legislation: Prohibiting hydraulic fracturing or horizontal drilling within 2,500 feet of a primary source of a community water system (Formerly HB 230 of the 2011-2012 Legislative Session)

Feb. 25, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 801

Rep. Mundy

An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for definitions and for well location restrictions. “ Reintroduction of Legislation: Providing for the tracking of Marcellus Shale wastewater (Formerly HB 234 of the 2011-2012 Legislative Session)

Feb. 25, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 880

Rep. Conklin

An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, further providing for well permits.

March 11, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 881

Rep. Conklin

An Act amending the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.177, No.175), known as The Administrative Code of 1929, providing for toll-free response telephone number.Legislation Providing for a Telephone Number to Report Suspected Violations of Oil and Gas Laws (Formerly HB1631)

March 11, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 950

Rep. Vitali

An Act providing for a moratorium on leasing lands owned and managed by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for the purposes of oil and natural gas development.

March 11, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 986

Rep. Everett

An Act requiring well operators to provide complete water analysis results to the Department of Environmental Protection under certain circumstances.

March 13, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 994

Rep. Petri

An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, further providing for well permits, for general gas storage reservoir operations and for regulations.

March 14, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HR 106

Rep. Mundy

A Resolution memorializing the Congress of the United States to repeal the provision in the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act that exempts oil and gas industries from restrictions on hydraulic fracturing operations located near drinking water sources, and to require oil and gas industries to disclose all hydraulic fracturing chemicals and chemical constituents in the event of a medical emergency.

Feb. 25, 2013 -Referred to Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy

HB 683

Rep. Haluska

An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in arson, criminal mischief and other property destruction, providing for the offense of interfering with agricultural operations.

Feb. 12 – Referred to Judiciary

SB 154

Sen. Greenleaf

An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, providing for gas mineral rights lease agreement disclosure and indemnification.

Jan. 15, 2013 -Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy

SB 213

Sen. Farnese

An Act transferring funds from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund to the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority Fund for investments in Pennsylvania-related companies that promote the development of next-generation infrastructure technologies or technology-related investments to support development of life science, information technology or green energy industries.

 

Feb. 1, 2013 -Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy

SB 258

Sen. Yaw

An Act amending Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in particular rights and immunities, providing for actions to quiet title involving subsurface rights.  Abandonment of Mineral Rights

Jan. 17, 2013 -Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy

SB 259

Sen. Yaw

An Act amending the act of July 20, 1979 (P.L.183, No.60), entitled "An act regulating the terms and conditions of certain leases regarding natural gas and oil," adding definitions; providing for payment information to interest owners for accumulation of proceeds from production; and making editorial changesDivision Order for Royalties

Feb. 5, 2013 (50-0) [Senate]

-Third consideration and final passage

SB 291

Sen. Erickson

An Act establishing a program for the purchase of certain types of environmental liability insurance and for subsidies for the costs of premiums; and providing for powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Protection.

Jan. 24, 2013 -Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy

SB 355

Sen. Yaw

An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, consolidating the Oil and Gas Conservation Law with modifications relating to definitions, standard unit order, process, administration, standard of review, hearings and appeals, establishment of units, integration of various interests, lease extension and scope; providing for gas and hazardous liquids pipelines; and making a related repeal.

Jan. 31, 2013 -Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy

SB 356

Sen. Yaw

An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for lease extended by production.

Jan. 31, 2013 -Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy

SB 411

Sen. Kasunic

An Act amending Title 27 (Environmental Resources) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for definitions, for eligibility and project inventory, for landowner liability limitation and exceptions, for project liability limitation and exceptions and for exceptions.

March 13, 2013 -Laid on the table

SB 459

Sen. Costa

An Act relating to safe drinking water; establishing the Emergency Drinking Water Support Fund; and providing for testing, for purchase of clean drinking water and for surcharge.Well Water Testing Fund

Feb. 8, 2013 -Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy

SB 504

Sen. Dinniman

An Act amending the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.177, No.175), known as The Administrative Code of 1929, in powers and duties of Department of Environmental Protection, further providing for cooperation with municipalities.DEP Public Notification and Access to Information Act; Pipeline Acre-for-Acre; and Condemnation Approval

Feb. 26, 2013 -Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy

SB 506

Sen. Dinniman

An Act amending the act of December 22, 2011 (P.L.586, No.127), known as the Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipelines Act, further providing for definitions; and providing for recreational use and for storm water runoff. DEP Public Notification and Access to Information Act; Pipeline Acre-for-Acre; and Condemnation Approval

Feb. 26, 2013 -Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy

SB 507

Sen. Dinniman

An Act amending the act of June 30, 1981 (P.L.128, No.43), known as the Agricultural Area Security Law, further providing for limitation on certain governmental actions.DEP Public Notification and Access to Information Act; Pipeline Acre-for-Acre; and Condemnation Approval

Feb. 26, 2013 -Referred to Agriculture and Rural Affairs

SB 512

Sen.

Kasunic

An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, further providing for enforcement orders.

Feb. 20, 2013 -Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy

SB 540

Sen. Leach

An Act providing for a moratorium on leasing State forest lands for the purposes of natural gas exploration, drilling or production; imposing duties on the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; and providing for report contents and for Legislative Budget and Finance Committee study.       Moratorium on Leasing State Forest Land for Natural Gas Drilling

Feb. 21, 2013 -Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy

SB 544

Sen. Leach

An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, further providing for hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure requirements. Physician access to and disclosure of chemicals in Marcellus Shale hydro-fracking

Feb. 21, 2013 -Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy

SB 592

Sen Fontana

An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for protection of water supplies.Co Sponsorship: Water Testing Results by DEP

March 1, 2013 -Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy

SR 29

Sen. Yaw

A Resolution directing the Center for Rural Pennsylvania to study the potential for increased residential, commercial and industrial natural gas distribution infrastructure by Pennsylvania's public utilities to unserved and underserved areas of this Commonwealth.

March 14, 2013 -Transmitted as directed

SR 39

Sen. Alloway

A Resolution directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study of the establishment, implementation and administration of fees for the consumptive use and degradation of water.Consumptive Use of Water

March 13, 2013 -Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy

Source: Erika Staaf
PennEnvironment
1831 Murray Ave. Ste. 219
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 521 0943

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Production pits following gas drilling


Rep. George: Gas well incident underscores need for better oversight

State Rep. Camille "Bud" George
D-74 of Clearfield County
Chairman of the House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee

HARRISBURG – June 4, 2010 – State Rep. Camille "Bud" George, chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, said the incident at a Marcellus Shale gas-drilling site in Clearfield County underscores the need for Pennsylvania to update its environmental safeguards.

"Local and state officials did a wonderful job responding to a very dangerous situation that fortunately did not cause any injuries or deaths," said Rep. George, D-74 of Clearfield County. "I have said for many months that extraction of any natural resource comes with risks and costs and I only wish I had not been proved correct so quickly and so close to home."

Rep George said that he was informed that workers lost control of the new well at about 8 p.m. Thursday after encountering gas under very high pressure. Gas and a reported 1 million gallons or more of brine, including fracking fluid, escaped from the EOG Resources well drilled off McGeorge Road in Lawrence Township.

Emergency management personnel and first responders from Clearfield County coordinated efforts with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the state Department of Environmental Protection.

By 8 a.m. Friday, officials from the State Police, the state Fish and Boat Commission and the state Departments of Conservation and Natural Resources and Transportation joined the effort.  By around noon Friday, the well was capped.

According to the DEP, there was limited risk of explosion and the flow-back water had been contained and posed no hazards to the local streams.  As a precaution, a no-fly zone was established in the area, and roads leading to the site were blocked.

"This dangerous situation should prompt the Pennsylvania Legislature to move more promptly on my House Bill 2213, which would require disclosure of the precise chemical concentrations in the fracking fluids," Rep. George said. "This can be crucial information in emergencies such as this."

Approved by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on May 25, HB 2213 also would:

● Require a permit before a well can be developed;

● Bolster the DEP’s authority to deny well permits because of outstanding violations and to suspend drilling for serious violations;

● Update set-back requirements for water sources and high-quality and exceptional value streams;

● Require the DEP to inspect Marcellus well sites during crucial drilling phases;

● Increase potential civil penalties from $25,000 to $100,000 and potential daily fines for continuous violations from $1,000 to $10,500 a day;

● Extend to 2,500 feet, from 1,000 feet, the presumed liability of a well polluting a water supply;

● Update bonding requirements to cover the costs of decommissioning a well;

Rep. George said that Pennsylvania also needs a severance tax on gas drillers that devotes revenues to environmental stewardship and agencies charged with responding to incidents such as the one in Clearfield County.

"Giving the gas industry a free ride at the expense of Pennsylvania taxpayers, water resources, roads and economy is a poor deal for everyone but the gas industry," Rep. George said. "We have a responsibility to insist on responsibility."

Last year, the state House approved language from Rep. George’s HB 1489 that would have created a fair contract with the gas industry for its profitable ventures in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas deposit. The language was scuttled in the state Senate.

Rep. George said the severance tax is projected to generate roughly $600 million annually by 2013-14 and would distribute the revenues as follows:

● 60 percent to the General Fund;

● 15 percent to the Environmental Stewardship Fund;

● 5 percent to the Liquid Fuels Tax Fund;

● 4 percent to the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund;

● 3 percent for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP;

● 4.5 percent to municipalities where natural gas is extracted;

● 4.5 percent to counties where natural gas is extracted;

● 2 percent each to the state Game and Fish and Boat commissions.

 CONTACT: Matthew Maciorkoski
Phone: 717 787-7082
Fax: 717 783-8236

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