While there is still plenty of gas in capped wells and the pipeline infrastructure is still in the planning and approval stages, now is an excellent moment to have a moratorium for a set period of time so we can better understand the pipeline impact on Chester County and its adjoining areas.
As a matter of record, let me also mention two other bills, in addition to Senator Ferlo’s, of which I am a co-sponsor. Senate Bill 540 calls for a three-year moratorium on leasing, drilling and exploration of natural gas in state forestlands. During that time, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will conduct a comprehensive study and review of fracking and natural gas drilling in state forestlands. Senate Bill 544 would correct one of the major shortcomings of Act 13 by giving physicians and medical professionals the ability to treat patients who may be suffering from exposure to chemicals in fracking fluid. The bill would make it easier for doctors to find out what chemicals are being used in fracking fluid and to share that information with patients and the public.