More than eyebrows were recently raised at the latest state legislators forum held in Bucks County. Voices were shouting loud and opinions were expressed regarding the latest Marcellus Shale drilling law – ACT 13.
Though many people were upset, Bucks County legislators tried to explain the benefits of this law to the crowd of 200 that were present at the meeting.
ACT 13 establishes drilling impact fees that would generate $480 million in new state revenue through 2015. It will also force drillers to disclose the chemicals they use and require drilling sites to distance away from public and private water sources.
Legislators present at the meeting included State Senators Bob Mensch and Chuck McIlhinney – and Representatives Marguerite Quinn and Paul Clymer. Also joining them, Brian Ellis – a Butler County representative.
The legislators were accused of lying and covering up vital information regarding the law and impact fees.
“I don’t think we’ve pleased everybody and that’s all right but as long as we can do that in a way that’s respectful without interrupting one another.” Clymer said in closing.
Residents are focused on the fact that fracking overrules local zoning – which will leave municipalities with no say about where drilling sites are located.
Some municipalities have sued to challenge this law.