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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 11, 2017 01:39 PM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Protection of Natural Resources in the Commonwealth (Prior HB 2277)
It’s been years since the process known as ‘fracking’ or the drilling of non-conventional wells has commenced in our Commonwealth. While this process has positively stirred the economies of many communities across our state, there are still questions about the long term effects of ‘fracking’ and the introduction of certain chemicals into the aquifers and water tables of communities that host drilling.

I am proposing the requirement that drilling entities post a $2 million dollar bond to be held in escrow. This bonding will be used in the case that ‘fracking’ or the drilling of an unconventional well causes environmental damage. The driller should be held liable for any clean-up as a result of drilling, and not the host communities nor the Commonwealth. This bonded amount will ensure that resources are available for clean-up after the drillers cease operations, should an environmental problem occur.


Introduced as HB943