How to help

National Legislation

One major issue is that oil and gas companies have exemptions from federal and state laws and regulations including

• Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund Act)
• Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
• Safe Drinking Water Act
• Clean Water Act
• Clean Air Act
• National Environmental Policy Act
• Toxic Release Inventory under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act

Call your congress people today, complain about these exemptions, and urge them to support the FRAC Act, which would close part of the “Halliburton loophole” and return some oversight to the EPA. It’s a first step, but a critical one.

You can donate to a nonprofit that is directly working on Marcellus issues. I am compiling a list.

State legislation

You can call your state legislators, especially if you live in a state with current or proposed drilling activity.

In Pennsylvania, Bud George has sponsored HB 2213, which is supposed to update the PA Oil and Gas Act. It does a few things that are positive, but it’s definitely just a start.

HB 2213 would:

  • Require the DEP to inspect Marcellus well sites during each drilling phase;
  • Extend to 2,500 feet, from 1,000 feet, the presumed liability of a well polluting a water supply;
  • Require disclosure of the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing – fracing – of the natural gas from the earth;
  • Update bonding requirements to cover the costs of decommissioning a well;
  • Clarify local governments’ traditional authority to regulate oil and gas activities.

SB 777 strengthens some the state Safe Drinking Water Act
HB 1489 and I think a few other bills address the severance tax
HB  1373 would begin taxing natural gas as a mineral again
HB 1155 would give more rights to surface owners.

Get involved in your community!

Get to know your neighbors. Work together. We are compiling a list of groups that are doing a good job keeping people informed and productive.

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