Governor Corbett Applauds General Assembly For Passing Marcellus Shale Legislation

Office of the Governor

Governor Tom Corbett today thanked the members of the House and Senate for passing House Bill 1950, which is a comprehensive Marcellus Shale package. The Conference Committee report passed today in the House.

“After long negotiations and a lot of hard work, we have reached a consensus on how to address the impacts in the Marcellus Shale regions,” Corbett said. “I am very pleased with the cooperative spirit shown by the General Assembly and their staffs while working to resolve this complex issue. I look forward to signing this legislation into law.”

Last October, Corbett outlined his Marcellus Shale proposal, which followed the work of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission and includes a plan to help create thousands of jobs for Pennsylvania residents, to enhance protection of our natural resources, and to move the state toward energy independence. House Bill 1950 contains 24 of the legislative recommendations offered by the advisory commission.

“This legislation reaffirms our strong commitment to safe and responsible natural gas development here in Pennsylvania,” Corbett said.

Once the bill reaches the governor’s desk, he will have 10 days to sign it into law.