Krueger-Braneky joins diverse group calling on legislators to put health of pregnant women and their babies over the oil and gas industry

ASTON, May 4 – Joined by Catholic and Christian leaders, health professionals, advocacy groups and mothers from across Pennsylvania, state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, called on the General Assembly to put the health of pregnant women and their babies ahead of the will of the oil and gas industry and support revisions to Chapter 78 and take action to cut air pollution from oil and gas operations.

“These regulations are necessary to help protect our environment and most importantly, the health of some of our most vulnerable citizens,” Krueger-Braneky said. “These regulations were approved by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission after an unprecedented amount of public participation, and now some in the General Assembly are trying to undo years of progress in 12 days, siding with the oil and gas industry without regard to what Pennsylvanians want and need.”

On Tuesday, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee reported out a resolution that would disprove the regulations imposed by IRRC. Following that action, the Senate and House have 30 calendar days or 10 voting session days, whichever is longer, from the date the resolution was reported out, to adopt the resolution and present it to the governor.

The governor can either sign or veto the resolution. His veto could be overridden by a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and House. If no action is taken by the legislature or the resolution fails, the regulations can take effect following review by the Office of Attorney General.