Pa. House Begins Debate On Gas Drilling Fees, Regs


Salon Staff
February 8, 2012 7:27AM (UTC)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is taking up a bill that would impose a fee on natural gas drilling, and the late-night floor session could send the measure to Gov. Tom Corbett.

The House debate Tuesday night came hours after the state Senate approved the measure, 31 to 19.

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The bill would expand regulations for the booming industry and give local governments the power to decide if an impact fee would be levied.

Opponents call it a giveaway to energy companies and say its environmental provisions are too weak.


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