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Boback Bill Would Reinsert County Conservation Districts into Marcellus Shale Oversight

Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) announced today her intention to introduce legislation that would restore county conservation districts’ authority over erosion and sediment control in the Marcellus Shale region.


“When it comes to protecting our water, air and other natural resources, I say the more oversight, the better,” said Boback.  “Conservation districts have historically been active in implementing programs for pollution and sediment control, and I believe they have a valuable role to play as the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania continues to develop.”


County conservation districts have acted as the primary local government unit responsible for the conservation of natural resources and implementing programs to address soil erosion, storm water management and flood control.  In 2009, the Department of Environmental Protection assumed some of these responsibilities, effectively eliminating the role of conservation districts in the process.


“It is all about protecting the environment and the health and safety of our citizens,” said Boback.  “This legislation is about reinserting local oversight into the drilling process.  Decisions about our local environment should not only be in the hands of officials in Harrisburg.”


Boback noted that she is committed to upholding the Pennsylvania Constitution’s guarantee of clean air and water. 


She also noted her opposition to forced pooling and other policies that would usurp the rights of individual landowners.  Forced pooling would allow drilling companies to extract gas under un-leased properties. 


Boback’s legislation will be introduced in the House of Representatives in September.  More information about other legislation Boback has authored to address Marcellus Shale drilling can be found at  Other legislative updates are available at


Rep. Karen Boback
117th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(570) 477-3752
(717) 787-1117

Contact:  Nicole Wamsley

(717) 783-8063

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