|Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Marc Scaringi, candidate for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania, strongly opposes the FRAC Act, sponsored by Senator Bob Casey. The Act would nationalize the regulation of the Marcellus Shale industry, which has been the brightest spot in Pennsylvania’s economy.
The U.S. Labor Department reported yesterday that two of Pennsylvania’s counties are in the top ten fastest growing for employment in the United States. They are Washington and Butler Counties, which experienced, 4.7 and 4.3% job growth respectively last year. Scaringi said, “At a time when the nation is experiencing over 9% unemployment and more-or-less zero job growth, the growth rate in these counties is astounding. Both Washington and Butler Counties have unemployment rates lower than the national average and lower than Pennsylvania’s 7.8%. They reflect the incredible impact of the burgeoning Marcellus Shale gas industry, yet Bob Casey wants to restrict this industry by adding yet another layer of regulation to it.”
Senator Casey authored a bill called the FRAC Act to nationalize regulation of the Marcellus Shale, and put it under the EPA. This is a redundant level of regulation. Fracturing has been used to extract oil, gas and water and other materials from the earth in more than one million wells for 60 years now. It has been regulated by the Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection for many years, and every step of the process must be performed in accordance with state requirements.
Scaringi said, “Senator Casey’s desire to place an unnecessary roadblock to the development of natural gas shows just how out of touch he is with the needs of our state. One of the main reasons Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is over a point lower than the national average is because of the impact of the Marcellus Shale.” He added, “Casey is serving the interests of the liberals in Washington and not the needs of the working men and women of Pennsylvania.”
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