Along with the Republican proposals for alcohol reform and pensions, Tom Wolf also vetoed the Republicans’ plan to use the Fiscal Code to carve conventional oil and gas drilling out of DEP’s ongoing Marcellus Shale rule-writing.
If Republicans want different regulations for conventional drillers, good for them, but they need to take that argument to the court of public opinion.
DEP has had 12 public meetings on this, with extensive public comment periods over the past few years as they’ve been developing the new gas regulations. The public has had lots of time to chew this over, and now it’s time to act. Republicans had every opportunity to try to persuade the public that their view is right, but nobody’s buying it so they’re trying to cheat.