Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pennsylvania Environmental Legislation - Feb 16 2011

The following environmental bills have seen recent action in the Pennsylvania General Assembly:


HB 569 (Benninghoff) An Act prohibiting the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources from promulgating certain rules and regulations.
Referred to ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, Feb. 9, 2011 [House]


HB 603
(Hutchinson) Amends the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act to allow the use of premium fees to pay the costs associated with treating certain post-mining pollution discharges at ABS legacy sites.
Referred to ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, Feb. 10, 2011 [House]


HB 632
(Gillespie) Amends the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act, further providing for penalties and for fines, civil penalties and fees; and making editorial changes.
Referred to ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, Feb. 14, 2011


HB 690
(Hanna) Amends the Oil and Gas Act to provide property owners with a process for securing compensation for surface damage caused by oil or natural gas drilling.
Referred to ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, Feb. 15, 2011 [House]

Senate Bills


SB 447
(M. White ) Amends Ttle 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, consolidating the Oil and Gas Conservation Law with modifications relating to definitions, standard unit order, process, administration, standard of review, hearings and appeals, establishment of units, integration of various interests, lease extension and scope; providing for gas and hazardous liquids pipelines; and making a related repeal.
Referred to ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, Feb. 11, 2011 [Senate]


SB 452
(Erickson) An Act updating and expanding the storm water planning requirements to be undertaken by counties; authorizing counties to regulate storm water within a watershed-based planning area; authorizing the formation of water resources management authorities; enabling counties, municipalities and water resources management authorities to develop integrated water resources management plans; imposing duties and conferring powers on the Department of Environmental Protection, the Environmental Quality Board, counties, municipalities and water resources management authorities; providing for financing and for waiver of use for certain grant or loan funds; and making related repeals.
Referred to ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, Feb. 7, 2011


SB 454
(Erickson) An Act establishing a program for the purchase of certain types of environmental liability insurance and for subsidies for the costs of premiums; and providing for powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Protection.
Referred to ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, Feb. 7, 2011 [Senate]


SB 460 (Yaw) An Act amending the act of July 20, 1979 (P.L.183, No.60), entitled "An act regulating the terms and conditions of certain leases regarding natural gas and oil," adding definitions; providing for payment information to interest owners for accumulation of proceeds from production, for nonpayment of royalties and for effects of nonpayment; and making editorial changes.
Referred to ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, Feb. 11, 2011 [Senate]


SB 531 (Rafferty) An Act amending the act of July 7, 1980 (P.L.380, No.97), known as the Solid Waste Management Act, further providing for criminal penalties.
Referred to ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, Feb. 14, 2011 [Senate]


SB 532 (Rafferty) An Act amending the act of July 7, 1980 (P.L.380, No.97), known as the Solid Waste Management Act, further providing for permit and license application requirements and for enforcement orders; and providing for repeat violations.
Referred to ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, Feb. 14, 2011 [Senate]


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