Statement On Proposed Natural Gas Drilling Legislation

ALBANY, 06/21/10 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today issued the following statement concerning legislation that would place a moratorium on drilling for natural gas:

“From the time the topic of drilling in the Marcellus Shale was first raised, I have been closely monitoring the process to ensure that every concern is fully considered.  I have taken part in public hearings, met with individuals and groups on all sides of the issue and advocated for a complete and thorough review of our state’s regulations.  I was also one of only a handful of state legislators who visited Pennsylvania this spring to examine drilling sites first hand and to speak with residents.

“I have also been closely following the Department of Environmental Conservation review of gas drilling regulations and met with the DEC commissioner. I pressed for an extended public comment period and called on the DEC to fully include local governments in the process.  Once the DEC completes its work, I will certainly review their findings.

“I am listening to my constituents on this issue, and am receiving and reviewing dozens of calls, letters and e-mails daily. Should a proposed ban or moratorium on natural gas exploration come before the full senate for consideration, I will weigh my constituents’ views and reflect their opinions in any vote.

“My bottom line is that we must protect our water and natural resources.”