Marcellus Shale Industry Lobbies For New Endangered Species Laws

  • The red-bellied cooter is one of 88 endangered wildlife species in Pennsylvania. Photo: Courtesy Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

September 10, 2013
By Katie Colaneri

Pennsylvania’s shale gas industry is throwing its support behind new proposed legislation that would change the way creatures are added to the state’s endangered species list.

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong) and backed by Republican leaders, could knock down regulatory hurdles for drillers, while throwing up new ones for the two state agencies that oversee designations to the list.

Pyle, whose district includes the mining and hydraulic fracturing industries, argues the current system is slowing down economic development–especially in the growing oil and gas industry.

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