While industry leaders, governments, and NGOs worldwide are calling for smart, sensitive planning to reduce environmental impacts and conserve natural resources, Pennsylvania’s shale gas industry is throwing its support behind proposed legislation that would seriously undermine the state’s ability to conserve endangered species.
The bill would also give the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and the state legislature more control over endangered species designations. That would violate federal regulations, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and could force the commissions to lose $27 million in federal grants.
HB 1576 myopically endangers the state’s natural heritage. The natural gas industry jeopardizes its social license to operate by unwisely supporting it.