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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: January 23, 2013 02:29 PM
From: Representative Phyllis Mundy
To: All House members
Subject: Reintroduction of Legislation: Providing for the tracking of Marcellus Shale wastewater (Formerly HB 234 of the 2011-2012 Legislative Session)
I will soon reintroduce legislation to create a simple, transparent tracking and reporting system for fracking waste from Marcellus Shale wells.

Current law requires unconventional well operators to report production data from each of their unconventional wells to the Department of Environmental Protection on a semi-annual basis. My legislation would expand this law to require these operators to also report how much waste is produced by these wells, as well as where and how the waste is disposed of and treated. This information would also have to be reported on a semi-annual basis, and DEP would be required to make this information available to the public on its website. My bill explicitly prohibits this provision from being waived under the Right-to-Know Law, as well.
This legislation would help DEP and the public to track the generation, transportation, treatment and disposal of frack water and other waste on a “cradle-to-grave” basis. By making this information public and transparent, we can help to ensure that well operators are treating and disposing of fracking waste appropriately.

DeLuca, DePasquale, Freeman, George, Johnson, Kortz, Mullery, Murphy, Pashinski, Payton, Readshaw, Reichley, Santarsiero, K. Smith, Staback, Wagner, Boback, and Josephs

Introduced as HB801