Pennsylvanians support governor's plans for Marcellus shale

Eric Watkins
OGJ Oil Diplomacy Editor

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 -- Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell said his state will strengthen its enforcement capabilities to protect residents and environment from the impact of increased exploration for natural gas in the Marcellus shale.

“Interest in Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale formation is greater than ever before and as natural gas prices continue to rise, that interest will only increase,” said Rendell.

“As I've said all along, we want to encourage the development of this resource because it's a tremendous economic opportunity for the state, but we will not allow that to happen at the expense of our environment,” said Rendell.

In an effort to maintain environmental standards, Rendell said the state’s Department of Environmental Protection will hire 68 new personnel to ensure drilling companies obey state laws and act responsibly to protect water supplies.

The 68 additional personnel will be funded entirely from money generated by new, higher permitting fees that were instituted by Pennsylvania in 2009—the first such increase since 1984.

Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) praised Rendell’s proposal to tax Marcellus Shale drilling.

“It’s time to pass a tax on the drillers for natural gas in the Marcellus shale,” said Jan Jarrett, PennFuture’s president and chief executive officer. “Without the tax, the people of Pennsylvania will continue to pay the price for the drilling with no compensation for the loss of our natural assets.”

The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) also expressed its support for Rendell’s plan to hire inspectors under the DEP's oil and gas program, and it urged the state to continue developing a “predictable structure” for its Marcellus shale regulations.

“[MSC] has consistently supported the hiring of additional DEP staff to monitor natural gas wells in the commonwealth, as reflected in its proactive endorsement of permit fee increases in 2009 to add and train new inspectors," said MSC Pres. and Executive Director Kathryn Klaber.

“Our support continues with the announcement of an additional 68 DEP staff dedicated to the oil and gas program. This sustainable approach is working and will help to ensure the continued responsible development of the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania,” Klaber said.

In January, companies drilling in the Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale established the MSC as an independent nonprofit organization and selected Klaber to head it (OGJ Online, Jan. 13, 2010).

Contact Eric Watkins at hippalus@yahoo.com.

Related Articles

US gas reserve growth in 2013 was robust, AGA estimates

04/17/2014 US natural gas producers added more than 35 tcf of reserves in 2013, the American Gas Association said in its latest annual preliminary estimate ba...

PEOPLE

04/16/2014

Industry improves public perception through outreach, education

04/16/2014 Public relations experts shared their thoughts on how the oil and gas industry can improve its image, and judges from two Texas counties spoke abou...

Range Resources boosts Marcellus shale production above 1 bcfd

04/16/2014 Range Resources Corp. plans to further increase its production in the Marcellus shale in 2014 and has set a higher capital spending budget that wil...

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected