The Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission has produced a 95-page report including over 100 recommendations concerning drilling in Pennsylvania. The commission held five hearings across the state for citizens to voice their opinions on the drilling operations in the Marcellus Shale formation. Taking these concerns into consideration, the committee released a report that was delivered to Governor Tom Corbett and the General Assembly. Recommendations included tighter restrictions on drilling operations and waste disposal, and a ban on drilling in state game lands.
The Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission was formed as a response to the governor’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission which, according to the citizens’ commission website, consisted mainly of industry representatives. The citizens’ commission was created by eight environmental and civic organizations to assess all impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling and to regulate responsible drilling practices.
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