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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 6, 2016 03:15 PM
From: Representative Karen Boback
To: All House members
Subject: Marcellus Shale Health Registry
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation (formerly HB 252) creating a Marcellus Shale Health Registry to assess the impact of the natural gas industry on public health.

Marcellus Shale spans the Northern Appalachian Basin, including New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland. In the last few years companies have drilled more than 6,000 wells into Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale, making it the fastest-growing state for natural gas production. Recently, there has been much discussion regarding the potential effects of Marcellus Shale drilling on public health and safety.

My legislation, which seeks to create a population-based health registry, was a suggestion of the Governor’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission in 2011. The purpose of this registry is to evaluate the potential public health impacts associated with drilling in the Marcellus Shale for those individuals who live in close proximity to production sites. In 2012, the House came close to establishing the registry by passing a measure that would have provided $2 million in funds for the project.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation. Thank you for your interest and support.

Introduced as HB2055