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.