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SB 1263 - Prohibits Gas Drilling in Certain Areas - Key Vote

Pennsylvania Key Votes

John Lawrence voted Yea (Passage With Amendment) on this Legislation.

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Stage Details

Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Prohibits Gas Drilling in Certain Areas

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (-) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (123-74) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Gas Drilling in Certain Areas

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits natural gas drilling in certain areas and temporarily prohibits certain cities from declaring bankruptcy.

  • Prohibits the Department of Environmental Protection from issuing well permits for oil and gas operations in the South Newark Basin until all of the following have occurred (Sec. 6):
    • The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, in consultation with municipalities in the South Newark Basin, completes a study evaluating the implications of oil and gas operations raised by a 2012 U.S. Geological Survey report; and
    • Legislation authorizes counties in the South Newark Basin to charge a fee for gas wells within their borders.
  • Specifies that the study and county fee authorization requirements described above will expire January 1, 2018 (Sec. 6).
  • Requires the bond amount for oil or gas wells to be $2,500 per well or a blanket bond of $25,000 (Sec. 6).
  • Prohibits a financially distressed city, with a population of at least 106,000, from filing for bankruptcy until November 30, 2012 (Sec. 6).
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (-) -
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Prohibits Gas Drilling in Certain Areas


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