Municipal officials decry state control of shale drilling
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
By Janice Crompton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Representatives from more than 44 municipalities in seven counties met Tuesday night in Green Tree for a first-of-its-kind Marcellus Shale town hall meeting to address legislation that is pending in the state House and Senate.
Their message to lawmakers?
Don’t take away our local control.
"We want to send a clear, unified message to Harrisburg that we are opposed to any language that would pre-empt municipalities," said Richard Ward, manager of Robinson, Washington County. "Pre-emption is not an option."
Earlier this month, both the Senate and House passed shale-related bills that would eliminate local governments’ power to regulate most aspects of gas well drilling and its related infrastructure, such as compressor stations and processing plants.