2010-07-01 / Local & State

Corbett Statement On Gas Drilling Draws Flak

By Peter Jackson ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Corbett is drawing flak from the Rendell administration for urging environmental regulators to work with the natural gas industry in developing rules for drilling in the lucrative Marcellus Shale formation.

Corbett, the state attorney general, suggested Wednesday that the two sides should agree on interim clean-water and safety standards while the Legislature debates longerterm remedies.

Secretary John Hanger of the Department of Environmental Protection says new rules to prevent drilling wastewater from polluting drinking water or public waterways have won key votes of approval and are slated to take effect Jan 1. Separate rules governing gas-well construction also are in the works.

Hanger says the rules took two years to develop and officials received input from numerous groups – including the industry.

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