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Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

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Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

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Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
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geverett@pahousegop.com

Everett Votes for Marcellus Shale Measure Delaying Further State Land Leasing
5/4/2010

Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) led a bipartisan effort to pass House Bill 2235, which will preclude any further leasing of state forest land for Marcellus Shale gas drilling for three years, during which time studies will be conducted on the impact of Marcellus development which has already taken place. 

“The passage of this legislation is a great example of members on both sides of the aisle working together to come up with a well-reasoned and thoughtful approach toward the Marcellus Shale drilling issue,” said Everett. “We have members in the House who believe that we should have no Marcellus drilling on state forest land and those who believe we should develop every acre - this bill will give us some time to evaluate the impacts of the wells which are drilled and pipelines which are constructed on the state lands we have already leased out so we can make informed decisions on whether, when, how and how much state land to lease out in the future.” 

Everett worked with Rep. Dave Levdansky (D-Allegheny) for several days to reach the compromise agreement for the delay, referred to as a “moratorium,” on any further leasing of state-owned land for Marcellus Shale gas drilling. The legislation has no effect on the further leasing of privately owned land for drilling, or the development of state lands which have already been leased. 

“The Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operations are providing new jobs for Pennsylvanians and will continue to do so long into the future,” said Everett. “Prior to entering into these negotiations, I was assured by leaders in the gas industry that this “time out” in leasing state land will have no impact on the overall Marcellus development in Pennsylvania. 

“When I looked into this, I was surprised to learn that 47 percent of our state forest land, or about 700,000 acres, is already available to the industry for Marcellus development and that there is only 53 percent of our state forest land, or about 800,000 acres, which is un-leased at this point,” Everett added.  “It seems to me that with almost half of our state forest land already committed to Marcellus drilling this early in, what it is projected to be a 20-or-30-year development that we have plenty of time to pause for three years to study the impacts of this drilling on state land, and see if we want to do anything differently with the remaining lands that have not yet been leased. 

“This legislation will help ensure that Marcellus development on state forest land is done in a manner that protects both the land itself and the interests of those many Pennsylvanians who use and value our beautiful state forests,” said Everett.  “This is how public policy should work. I am proud of the efforts of all who joined into make this agreement happen.” 

The bill goes to the Senate for its consideration. 

Rep. Garth D. Everett
84th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(570) 546-2084
(717) 787-5270
Contact:  Raymond Smith
rsmith@pahousegop.com
(717) 705-1834
Member Site: 
RepEverett.com
Caucus Site:  PAHouseGOP.com

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