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HARRISBURG, October 7, 2016 − State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), who serves as Democratic chair of the Senate Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy, today provided the following statement in response to the state’s new regulations on gas drilling:

“The new regulations for unconventional oil and gas drilling strike a fair balance between industry and environmental concerns by further protecting Pennsylvania’s natural resources and adding clarity for those who engage in exploration and drilling practices.

“I voted for this rulemaking when it came before the Environmental Quality Board, and I’m extremely satisfied with the outcome of the regulatory process.  It was thorough, transparent and welcomed input from industry representatives, environmental advocates and citizens.

“Now, as we move forward, it is imperative that regulators make every effort to assist our industry partners as they work to comply, expand their operations, hire more workers and strengthen Pennsylvania’s energy portfolio.”

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