Press Release
March 8, 2011

Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission is Opportunity to Chart Drilling's Course in PA

CBF'S Ehrhart Appointed to Commission

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Matt Ehrhart, Pennsylvania Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) was today appointed to Governor Tom Corbett's newly formed Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission.

Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley was asked to lead the Commission, whose task it will be to oversee how Pennsylvania can build around this new industry while protecting lands, drinking water, air, and communities, all while growing Pennsylvania's workforce. The Commission will address the needs and impacts of natural gas development on local communities, as well as promote the efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective development of Marcellus Shale and other natural gas resources.

The Commission is made up of officials representing a range of drilling-related issues including secretaries for the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Community and Economic Development, along with municipal officials, academic leaders, and professionals working in the areas of energy, the environment, and also the drilling industry.

Following the announcement Ehrhart issued the following statement:

"I greatly appreciate Governor Corbett's commitment to address the complex issues associated with developing the Marcellus Shale resource. I am honored to be selected to serve on the Commission."

"There are numerous areas where we have an opportunity to improve the Commonwealth's management of Marcellus Shale-related issues, including: addressing social and economic impacts, providing adequate support for environmental protection and restoration programs, establishing an emergency fund, and making significant improvements to Pennsylvania's oil & gas regulations."

"There are also issues that lack a consensus on the facts. We need to understand the long-term impacts drilling will have on our water quality, our landscapes, our air quality, and our communities and public health. It is my hope that this Commission will work together to find constructive ways to reach a consensus through unbiased, collaborative, and science-based methods."


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