Pennsylvania Senate Passes Compromise Bill on Gas Drilling

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Pennsylvania Senate Passes Compromise Bill on Gas Drilling

Postby Mr. G » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:03 pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would impose a tax on the shale gas industry in exchange for removing many of the barriers to development, a compromise that critics said left municipalities with little control over the use of their own land.

The bill passed the state Senate 31 to 19, after an hour of bitter debate. It had been the subject of controversy for months and was pushed by Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican. It faces a vote in the House later Tuesday, where it is expected to pass.

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