|Posted:||December 22, 2016 10:13 AM|
|From:||Representative W. Curtis Thomas|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Transporting gas to market/Pipeline acre-for-acre|
|In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation that addresses the ongoing discussion of transporting Marcellus Shale gas to market and what land is being used for the industry from specific regions of the state, to the Commonwealth’s multi-modal transportation infrastructure. For instance, the gas will need to be transported to market in Philadelphia and other ports.
This legislation would require pipeline operators that take taxpayer-funded agriculture and conservation easements to replace them within the same county, in counties of the first, second and third class. It could be argued that these counties are most prone to population and land pressures. Further, the bill would require that pipeline operators take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that their projects do not worsen stormwater characteristics, such as total volume and rate of stormwater run-off, of their pipeline right-of-ways.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.
(Formerly HB151 of the 2015-16 Legislative Session)
Introduced as HB543