Source: Cozen O’Connor’s Energy, Environmental and Utilities Group “News Concerning Recent Developments in Energy and Environmental Law” Newsletter, August 16, 2011
On March 8, 2011, Governor Corbett created the Governor’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission (the commission). Comprising 30 stakeholders including experts from the environmental community, the natural gas industry, local government representatives, and state government officials; the commission was tasked with developing a “comprehensive strategic proposal for the responsible and environmentally sound development of Marcellus Shale.” After months of public meetings and input from varied stakeholders, the commission released its final 96 recommendations, embodied in a report to Governor Corbett, on July 22, 2011. Although the recommendations do not carry the weight of law, they are expected to frame the debate on natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale when the Pennsylvania Legislature returns from recess in September.
The report included recommendations such as: