This is the response I received yesterday from my PA State Senator:
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Knowing of your concern and opposition to Senate Bill 411, legislation that would grant immunity to persons or companies that withdraw acid mine drainage water in connection with oil and gas operations and other industrial uses, I wish to update you on recent legislative action on this matter.
On Monday, January13th the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which I am a member, considered Senate Bill 411. Please know that I voted against reporting the bill from committee. Unfortunately, the committee favorably reported SB 411 to the Senate floor by a vote of 16 to 9. The bill is currently on third consideration in the Senate.
Thanks for your interest and concern in this matter. I will continue to keep your opposition in mind should the measure come before the Senate for a final vote. I appreciate your input.
Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf
12th Senatorial District
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Thank you, Senator Greenleaf, and additional thanks to the other 8 senators who voted against this fatally flawed piece of legislation.
So, NEPA's Senators Lisa Baker and John Yudichak voted in favor of a bill that - per my State Senator - "would grant immunity to persons or companies that withdraw acid mine drainage water in connection with oil and gas operations and other industrial uses..."
Not too long ago, Pennsylvania was a wild frontier. Indeed, it was arguably the front line of the first American Revolutionary War. And the Industrial Revolution...
I wonder...is history about to repeat itself?