Public Hearing Scheduled to Discuss the Natural Gas Industry / Flood Impact on Housing in Lycoming County

HARRISBURG – The Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee will hold a public hearing to seek testimony on how the natural gas industry is affecting the housing market, as well as the recent flood impact on housing in Lycoming County, according to committee Chairman State Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming).

The hearing will take place at 9:30 on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, in the Mountain Laurel Room, Professional Development Center, on the Pennsylvania College of Technology Campus, 1 College Avenue, Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701.

“Marcellus Shale has been a great asset for the Commonwealth and will bring growth, additional tax revenue and economic development to this area,” Yaw said. “But as companies locate here, that growth is creating a huge demand for housing that we need to address, particularly in the area of rental housing. The recent flooding throughout Lycoming County and the Northern Tier has further compounded that problem.”

Among those invited to testify at the hearing are the Mayor of Williamsport, Association of Realtors, Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, Halliburton, The Center for Rural Pennsylvania and the Lycoming County United Way.

Because of time constraints, there will not be an opportunity for a public comment period. However, written testimony will be accepted by the committee. The public can also submit comments at following the hearing.

Contact: Nick Troutman
(570) 322-6457

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