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DEP Budget Hearing: Pennsylvania Not Meeting Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Commitments

Acting DEP Secretary John Quigley told the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday Pennsylvania is not meeting its commitments to clean up the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and that a “reboot” is needed to get the program back on track. He said there is a lack of resources for the program and he is working directly with Acting Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding to take a fresh look at the program. Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), Major Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources Committee, expressed skepticism about the need for funding wind mill and solar projects when they cannot economically stand on their own without taxpayer support.He said Pennsylvania would be better off to devote those resources to cleanup the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Asked about the need for 50 additional staff for the Oil and Gas Program as proposed in the Governor’s budget, Quigley said DEP is now inspecting each of the Marcellus Shale wells twice when they should be getting to each well six times during critical parts of the drilling process.

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