THE PENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY STANDS UP FOR THE PEOPLE OF PENNSYLVANIA with the passage of a resolution for a Statewide Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing. The standing vote tally was 115 in favor and 81 opposed.
The resolution calls for a moratorium on fracking until it can be done safely.
AFL-CIO President, Rick Bloomingdale stated “The Labor Caucus has no official position on fracking other than it supports the jobs of those who work within the industry.”
“There are jobs being developed, but not nearly as many as were promised to us,” said Karen Feridun founder of Berks County Gas Truth, also an attendee at the state committee meeting.
NOT IN MY COUNTY
Vice Chairwoman Penny Gerber opposed the resolution.
“This bill as it currently stands says it is a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, but it specifies that the moratorium will last until the practice can be done safely. Because no set period of time is provided it truly is a ban on fracking, and this is a thriving industry. It is for that reason I cannot support this bill,” she said.
Gerber is from Montgomery County. A fracking moratorium in parts of Montgomery county, Bucks, Chester and Berks counties was enacted in June 2012 following the release of an assessment report by the US Geological Survey (USGS).
Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Berks counties lie above the South Newark Basin – not the Marcellus Shale.
Please note: Lt. Governor Jim Cawley, former DEP Secretary Michael Krancer, CEO of Aqua America Nicolas Debenedictus, CEO of Penn-Virginia Resourcs (PRV) William Shea , among other “important” people live and/or have headquarters in these areas. The South Newark Basin moratorium could last up to 6 years or until 2018, which ever comes first. Coincidently, 2018 is also a gubernatorial election year.