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Nanticoke, September 29, 2016 − State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement on yesterday’s state Supreme Court decision that struck down parts of Act 13 of 2012, regarding oil and gas drilling.

“I applaud the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to strike down many of the provisions from Act 13 that usurped too much responsibility from local governments and prohibited health care professionals from having access the pertinent information related to chemicals used in the drilling process.

“The General Assembly, with the passage of Act 13, squandered an important opportunity to enact a responsible natural gas development policy that should include a modest severance tax and sensible environmental protections that enable the natural gas industry to grow in Pennsylvania while vigorously protecting our residents’ rights to clean air and water.

“With this ruling, it is my hope that the legislature will come together to take the necessary action to craft a more balanced law that supports the growth and success of the gas industry without compromising health and safety.”

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