Pennsylvania Representative Introduces Legislation to Ban Drilling on DCNR Lands

On March 8, 2013, Pennsylvania State Representative Greg Vitali (D-Delaware County) introduced legislation, House Bill 950, to permanently ban Marcellus Shale leasing on “lands owned and managed by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources” (DCNR).  In 2010, then-Governor Ed Rendell imposed by executive order a moratorium on additional leasing of state forests for drilling.  Vitali said his legislation is needed because Governor Tom Corbett could lift the Rendell moratorium at any time.  According to Vitali’s press release, House Bill 950 would not affect drilling on private land, nor would it prevent drilling on the more than 700,000 acres of state forest already available for drilling.