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Senate committee holds public hearing on Marcellus Shale gas reserves

WILLIAMSPORT – The Senate Majority Policy Committee held a public hearing Thursday in Williamsport on the multiple issues surrounding the Marcellus Shale gas reserves.The hearing, led by Committee Chairman John Pippy, R-37th District, and Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Lycoming County, included discussion with local government officials, industry representatives, environmental organizations and other experts.

The gathering was held on the campus of the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“It’s been well established that the natural gas within the Marcellus Shale region provides an extraordinary – even historic – opportunity for energy and economic development,” said Pippy. “The next, critical phase is to develop an approach that takes advantage of this opportunity and addresses the challenges that come with it. Pennsylvania has to get this right.”

The shale rock region reaches across southern New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio and is estimated to contain about 360 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

“This is the most exciting industry to come into Pennsylvania in the past 100 years,” Yaw said. “How many times in a lifetime does a state get an opportunity to attract an industry that could potentially create 80,000 jobs and billions of dollars in revenue for its citizens and provide some sense of energy independence for decades to come?”

The state’s recoverable gas resources are estimated to be worth about $500 billion. Among the issues surrounding natural gas drilling that the hearing focused on were taxation, infrastructure and land reclamation. The environmental impact, including the effect on water quality, was also discussed.

“The economic and energy benefits are significant,” Pippy said. “The economic impact will be felt over decades, and go well beyond the gas industry. It will likely spin off additional jobs in construction, retail and other industries. The natural gas produced can be exported across the nation and the globe to help ease the shift to alternative energy sources. But, despite the global reach, the most immediate impact will be felt here in the communities sitting atop the Marcellus Shale formation. It’s important that your voice be heard.”

Source: Morning Times

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Senate Committee Holds Public Hearing on Marcellus Shale Gas Reserves

Senator Gene Yaw - State Senator 23rd District

Senator Gene Yaw - State Senator 23rd District

Chairman John Pippy, Senator Gene Yaw lead Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing in Williamsport.
Williamsport — The Senate Majority Policy Committee held a public hearing today in Williamsport on the multiple issues surrounding the Marcellus Shale gas reserves.The hearing, led by Committee Chairman John Pippy (R-37) and Senator Gene Yaw (R-23), included discussion with local government officials, industry representatives, environmental organizations and other experts. The gathering was held on the campus of the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“It’s been well established that the natural gas within the Marcellus Shale region provides an extraordinary – even historic — opportunity for energy and economic development,” said Pippy. “The next, critical phase is to develop an approach that takes advantage of this opportunity and addresses the challenges that come with it. Pennsylvania has to get this right.”

The shale rock region reaches across southern New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio and is estimated to contain about 360 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

“This is the most exciting industry to come into Pennsylvania in the past 100 years,” Yaw said. “How many times in a lifetime does a state get an opportunity to attract an industry that could potentially create 80,000 jobs and billions of dollars in revenue for its citizens and provide some sense of energy independence for decades to come?”
The state’s recoverable gas resources are estimated to be worth about $500 billion. Among the issues surrounding natural gas drilling that the hearing focused on were taxation, infrastructure and land reclamation. The environmental impact, including the effect on water quality, was also discussed.

“The economic and energy benefits are significant,” Pippy said. “The economic impact will be felt over decades, and go well beyond the gas industry. It will likely spin off additional jobs in construction, retail and other industries. The natural gas produced can be exported across the nation and the globe to help ease the shift to alternative energy sources. But, despite the global reach, the most immediate impact will be felt here in the communities sitting atop the Marcellus Shale formation. It’s important that your voice be heard.”

NOTE: Video of the hearing will be available on the Senate Majority Policy Committee website, http://www.pasenatepolicy.com or on Senator Yaw’s website, http://www.senatorgeneyaw.com.

ROUTE 15 BRIDGES AT TROUT RUN TO BE REHABILITATED STARTING MONDAY

 

PennDOT Logo

PennDOT Logo

Montoursville – The two bridges carrying Route 15 over Route 14 at Trout Run in Lycoming County will be rehabilitated under a $1.8 million project starting Monday, April 13.

 

Contractor Jay Fulkroad & Sons, Inc. will remove the existing decks and parapets on both bridges and replace them with new concrete decks and parapets. The roadway approaches to the structures will be paved and the guide rail will be upgraded. The concrete piers supporting the bridges will be repaired with new concrete.

Construction will be performed on half of each bridge at a time, allowing a single lane for traffic in each direction. There will be a width restriction of 14′. Concrete barrier will be used on the structures to separate traffic from the work areas during construction.

All work under this contract is scheduled for completion by the end of September.

Yaw encourages residents to enjoy Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors this Year

Senator Gene Yaw - State Senator 23rd District

Senator Gene Yaw - State Senator 23rd District

WILLIAMSPORT – Is the economy impacting your plans for summer travel? If you enjoy the outdoors, it should not according to Sen. Gene Yaw.The Lycoming County Republican lawmaker said Pennsylvania has more than 100 state parks across the Commonwealth and there is no admission charged to enjoy the great outdoors.

“You can enjoy a variety of family-oriented fun including viewing wildlife and beautiful scenic vistas, hiking, picnicking, camping, rock climbing, swimming and a host of other activities in our State Park System,” Yaw said. “With 117 state parks there is bound to be one close to your home.”

Yaw added that in addition to tent camping, many of the state parks have modern cabins rentals available. People interested in making reservations should visit the State Park website, http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks or call 1-888-PA-PARKS, between 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday.

“I would encourage people to visit a state park this summer” Yaw said. Each park offers a unique outdoor experience.”

If you would like more information about the State Park System, or would like any other information regarding Pennsylvania, please contact one of Yaw’s District Offices.

The Williamsport office is located at 204 Executive Plaza, 330 Pine Street. The telephone number is 322-6457 or 1-800-443-5772.

The Towanda office is located at Suite 13, One Progress Plaza and its telephone number is 265-7448.

Everett Joins House Colleagues in Calling for Legislative Action on State Budget

Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming)

Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming)

HARRISBURG – Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) today joined more than 45 House Republican members in sending a letter to the House Democratic leader and appropriations chairman asking them to lay aside other legislative priorities and focus on passing the state budget by the June 30 deadline.”As in years past, the governor and House Democrats have been setting the state up for failure by not starting to work on the state budget until the end of June,” said Everett. “These tactics only create a crisis mentality and do nothing to help fix the budget issues the state is currently facing.

“Instead of letting this pattern continue, I felt it was important to send this letter in hopes of convincing the House Democrats to start the process now when we have several months to really hash out the budget details,” Everett added. “Because of the tight time deadline, rank-and-file members have had relatively no say in the finalized state budget and it is time that the ways of the past are stopped.”

To ensure that rank-and-file members along with citizens across Pennsylvania have ample opportunity to view the contents of the state budget, Everett and his colleagues are asking that each standing committee be able to review the portion of the proposed state budget that is within their realm of expertise and knowledge.

“In previous years, I have had no time to review the budget before voting on the final version. With the Commonwealth facing at least a $2.6 billion budget, this practice cannot continue,” Everett said. “It is even more imperative during these difficult economic times that each committee reviews the budget line by line to weed out underperforming programs or wasteful spending that can be cut to help fill the budget deficit.

“With only three months to go before the General Assembly’s June 30 deadline to pass the state budget, time is running short and we must take action immediately,” Everett concluded