Committee Approves Bill Seeking Compensation for Pennsylvania Landowners in Delaware River Basin

Other Measures Approved by Committee


HARRISBURG – The state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today approved six measures, including legislation that will provide compensation for landowners in the Delaware River Basin who are in jeopardy of losing valuable property rights to a pending ban on natural gas drilling, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), Committee Chairman.

Senate Bill 1189, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), was approved by the Committee, 9-3. 

“Today, the Committee acted to approve legislation sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker that ensures fair compensation for landowners living in the Delaware River Basin,” Sen. Yaw said.  “Natural gas development is taking place all across our region, and many of these individuals are being denied the opportunity to develop their mineral interests.  This bill will provide them with fair compensation.”

The Committee also approved the following measures:

Senate Bill 917, approved 12-0, expands the use of mushroom compost.  The bill was introduced by Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D-19), Minority Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

House Bill 927, approved 9-3, relaxes the mandate on municipalities to have curbside leaf pick-up programs.  The bill was introduced by Rep. Jack Rader Jr. (R-176).

Senate Resolution 326, approved 12-0, urges Congress to adopt the National Park Service’s recommendations to extend the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail to include additional sites along the Lewis & Clark Expedition’s Eastern Legacy.  The bill was introduced by Sen. Elder Vogel (R-47), Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.

Senate Resolution 373, approved 8-4, establishes a Commission to Study Pipeline Construction and Operations.   The bill was introduced by Sen. John Rafferty (R-44), Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Senate Resolution 375, approved 10-2, urges Congress to support measures to advance the development of an Appalachian storage hub to support the continued growth of jobs and the economy.  The bill was introduced by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46), Chairman of the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee.

For more information on today’s markup, votes, upcoming meetings and hearings and Committee news visit the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee website at


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