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Senate Committee Meets Jan. 30 On Resolutions On Permit Program Reviews, Ending State Forest Drilling Moratorium

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to meet on January 30 to consider resolutions to require an independent performance evaluation of two of DEP’s permitting programs critical to development and another to end the moratorium on drilling on state forest land.

The legislation includes--

-- Senate Resolution 226 (Yudichak-D-Luzerne) directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct an independent performance evaluation of DEP’s Chapter 102 Erosion and Sedimentation) and Chapter 105 (Water Obstruction and Encroachment) permitting programs (sponsor summary) Click Here for more;

-- Senate Resolution 104 (Bartolotta-R-Washington) resolution urging the Governor to end the moratorium on new non-surface disturbance natural gas drilling on state forest land (sponsor summary);

-- House Bill 1341 (Pyle-R-Armstrong) further providing for training and certification of emergency medical personnel responding to bituminous deep mine accidents (House Fiscal Note and summary); and

-- House Bill 1486 (Zimmerman-R-Lancaster) exempting agricultural high-tunnel structures from the Stormwater Management Act (House Fiscal Note and summary).

The meeting will be held in Room 8E-B East Wing of the Capitol starting at 9:30. Click Here to watch the meeting live.

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) serves as Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Committee and can be contacted by sending email to: gyaw@pasen.gov.   Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by sending email to: yudichak@pasenate.com.

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[Posted: Jan. 25, 2018]


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