On Behalf of Cecil, Hanover, Mt. Pleasant, Robinson-Washington County, and South Fayette Townships—as well as several other townships from the 18 communities of Washington, Beaver, and Allegheny counties that compose the Marcellus Municipal Co-op—we would like to state our opposition to House Bill 1950.
Our communities are on the frontlines of the Marcellus Shale play and are affected on a daily basis by the effects of this industry. Over the past several years, our local communities have worked to develop reasonable laws and ordinances to protect the safety, health, and welfare of our residents.
These ordinances are designed to allow the industry the ability to operate while ensuring that our communities are affected in the smallest way possible.
Each of our communities is different. Whether by topography, by population density, or any of a number of other things, we are all unique. Because each community is unique, the need to address issues related to Marcellus Shale drilling, or any industry for that matter, must remain at the local level.
House Bill 1950 would strip local communities of the ability to regulate what happens in their towns, cities, and boroughs. This power grab, fully supported by the governor is not only wrong, but a clear indication that Harrisburg is out of touch with the needs of the local communities they are supposed to represent.