Senate Poised to Vote on Harmful Environmental Rollbacks
“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.” — Psalm 24:1
The state Senate is expected to vote imminently on harmful environmental rollbacks. Your help is needed TODAY to oppose legislation that would turn back the clock on environmental protection.
House Bill 2154 is set to be voted upon when the Senate reconvenes Oct. 15. Please call your Senator (click here to look up the phone number) to stop this bill, or, write your state lawmaker by clicking here to oppose this detrimental environmental bill.
House Bill 2154 would significantly change the environmental requirements for conventional oil and gas drilling operators, putting clean air and pure water in jeopardy.
It would reenact the Oil and Gas Act of 1984 for conventional oil and gas drilling operators, turning back the clock on standards by 34 years, rejecting modern technology.
It promotes the use of drilling fluids and wastewater without any supporting scientific evidence deeming it safe for the public, potentially leaving your family at risk. This broadly threatens surface water in rural areas, where many of the highest quality streams and headwaters are located.
Furthermore, the bill
* opens the door to more drilling operations across Pennsylvania, which further endangers our air and water,
* eliminates protections for public resources, such as parks, forests and wildlife preserves,
* weakens public health regulations.
This bill passed the House of Representatives in June and is now being fast-tracked through the Senate. Please urge your senator to safeguard the air we breathe and the water we drink rather than turning a blind eye to polluting companies acting in bad faith.