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House Greenlights Marcellus Shale Bill

H.B. 1950 passed 107-76 on Thursday.

The state House on Thursday voted 107-76 to pass a bill that would regulate Marcellus Shale drilling—as well as enact a 1 percent impact fee.

House Bill 1950 will would restrict the ability of local municipalities to govern drilling in their towns, establishes setbacks but did not include specific protections for schools or other areas such as parks.

Under the terms of the bill, Marcellus Shale drilling would be a permitted use in all zoning districts. Compressor sites would be permitted in most zones, with a 750-foot setback requirement.

, D-Cecil, and state voted no on the measure.

The bill is now awaiting action in the state Senate.

Editor's Note: Check back with Canon-McMillan Patch for further details.

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