Senate Environmental Committee Approves Three Bills

HARRISBURG – The state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, chaired by Senator Gene Yaw (R-23), today approved three bills.

Senate Bill 1310 (Hutchinson) – Establishes the Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council, which will study existing regulations and assist the Department of Environmental Protection in making changes that better address the differences between conventional and unconventional oil and gas production. (Approved 10-1)

Senate Bill 1378 (Scarnati) – Directs the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to differentiate regulations relating to conventional oil and gas wells and unconventional gas wells in this Commonwealth. (Approved 7-4)

Senate Bill 1443 (White) – Amends the Indigenous Mineral Resources Development Act to clarify the definition of “State-owned land” and “State system land” to mean surface and subsurface land and any rights therein. (Approved 10-1)

All three legislative measures now move to the full Senate for consideration.


Adam Pankake