HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An environmental advocacy organization is protesting an effort by some lawmakers to attach changes in oil and gas drilling regulations to a broader budget-related bill.
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council said Monday that the maneuver works against government transparency. It asked lawmakers and Gov. Tom Corbett to reject it.
The proposal would essentially fast-track stand-alone legislation that hasn’t had a floor vote.
Those bills would require state regulators to treat two types of drilling differently: deep, modern gas wells and traditional shallow wells.
But the council says it’s uncertain whether conventional wells would be fully exempt from regulation.
The stand-alone bills’ sponsors, Rep. Martin Causer and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1pezMZU ) that they want to tailor rules to different industries, not lower environmental standards.
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