EPA fracking study to target Northeast PA
PA Senator Bob Casey, who had requested that the Pennsylvania counties be included, said, “These studies will help provide the science needed to assure that natural gas drilling is conducted in a safe and responsible manner,” said Casey. “Natural gas drilling offers Pennsylvania tremendous economic opportunities if we do it right. However, we must protect against potential repercussions that could harm the environment, put people at risk and ultimately hurt businesses and Pennsylvania’s economy.”
Casey has introduced three fracking-related bills in the senate. The Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act would repeal a Bush administration exemption provided for the oil and gas industry and would require companies to disclose the chemicals they use in their hydraulic fracturing processes; the Marcellus Shale On-the-Job Training Act would authorize grants to strengthen training programs to help ensure natural gas drilling jobs go to Pennsylvanians and not workers from out of state; and the Faster Action Safety Team Emergency Response (FASTER) Act would provide the Occupational Safety and Health Administration with the ability to enhance emergency response procedures at oil and gas wells.