Conklin: We must protect our natural gas wells to keep our communities safe

HARRISBURG, April 13 – While Pennsylvania has been seen as profitable by natural gas companies, state Rep. Scott Conklin said it’s time those same companies do their part to ensure the safety of workers at gas well sites and residents in the communities in which these operations reside.

Conklin, D-Centre, said while the Marcellus Shale formation has brought well drilling operations and employment opportunities to many parts of the state, it’s also led to an increased risk of drilling-related accidents that can affect the health, safety, and property of residents.

“That’s why I am reintroducing legislation that would empower the state Department of Labor and Industry to establish regulations to require the creation of certified and trained response teams to be on site during exploration drilling and any time prior to gas well completion,” said Conklin. “These teams would be experienced and have up-to-date training to ensure they can respond immediately in the event of an accident or emergency and notify local first responders and state officials in a timely manner. My bill, if signed into law, would provide much-needed peace of mind to residents who live near a site where natural gas drilling operations are present.”

More information on his pending legislation can be found at this link: