HB 252 seeks health registry tied to gas-well drilling effects

State Rep. Karen Boback R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) introduced House Bill 252 on Tuesday to create a Marcellus Shale Health Registry. The bill would provide for a population-based health registry for the collection of health-related data associated with unconventional gas-well drilling, as well as impose duties on the state’s Department of Health and provide for funding. Read More »

Oberlander fears severance tax would hinder economic growth

State Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Dist. 63) is apprehensive about supporting Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed severance tax and said she believes the negatives far outweigh any perceived positives. "Adding this tax on top of the highest corporate net income (CNI) tax in the nation could spell trouble, not only for the drilling industry, but every direct and indirect business that has benefited from the drilling boom," Oberlander said in a recent interview with Pennsylvania Business Daily. Read More »