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Boback Casts ‘No’ Vote on Legislation That Would Strip Municipalities of Local Drilling Control
HARRISBURG – Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) released the following statement today regarding her opposition to House Bill 1950:

“I have to vote my conscience and I pride myself on voting with my constituents on this issue. Both are fervently against this proposal as written. Of the hundreds of comments I have received, not one person suggested I should vote for this legislation. Every resident of this Commonwealth, whether a resident of a drilling region or not, will be impacted by drilling activity in some way. We all share the same water and the same air. House Bill 1950 does not go far enough to protect these resources. I firmly believe regulation of drilling must be done the right way. It is our responsibility as lawmakers, caretakers of the state and stewards of our shared environment to ensure our citizens – both landowners who are leasing to the industry and individuals who are not – are protected.

“The most troubling sticking point in the legislation is language that usurps the rights of local governments. While I did support amendments to increase local control in comparison to the original language, these revisions did not go far enough for me to be able to support the bill. Who understands the will of the people better than our municipalities? Who knows the landscape, layout and terrain of our communities better than our local officials? Pennsylvania was established by William Penn as a commonwealth for good reason, and this legislation flies in the face of our founding principles. The integrity of our local governments must be upheld.

“Another aspect of concern deals with contiguous counties that are host to gathering lines and metering stations, which should be a part of any legislation to address impact fees. This legislation neglected to consider this issue to my satisfaction. One of the counties I represent, Luzerne County, deserves an opportunity to collect an impact fee and rectify any problems caused by this industry.

“I am disappointed that property tax relief was not addressed in this legislation. I believe the formula for distribution should have included one of our state’s most pressing issues – property taxes. I have introduced legislation, House Bill 1870, which would divide revenue raised from well production – for the life of the well, not just for 10 years – among all of Pennsylvania’s property taxpayers through the Property Tax Relief Fund. It also would dedicate revenue to communities impacted by drilling activities, environmental programs, road and bridge repairs, energy research at institutions of higher education, hazardous sites cleanup and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. I believe this is a more balanced method of distribution, and I intend to fight for the people I represent as the House and Senate negotiate compromise language to send to Gov. Tom Corbett. This process is far from over!”

More information about Boback and her legislative priorities is available at or

State Representative Karen Boback
117th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Nicole Wamsley 

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