A state Senate committee has approved a bill requiring natural gas drilling companies to post emergency information at drill sites and file response plans with local authorities.


 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state Senate committee has approved a bill requiring natural gas drilling companies to post emergency information at drill sites and file response plans with local authorities.

Republican Sen. Lisa Baker of Luzerne County sponsored the measure approved Tuesday. She says it aims to reduce response time during gas well emergencies.

Baker is also chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the bill would require gas companies to designate unique GPS coordinates for each drilling site and register them with the Department of Environmental Protection and local emergency authorities.

The companies also would be required to formalize emergency response plans to be filed with municipal emergency authorities and the state.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com


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