Marcellus Shale

Position in Brief

Support the maximum protection of public health and the environment in all aspects of Marcellus Shale natural gas production; prevent the burdening of taxpayers with costs of industrialization and unanticipated consequences.

LWVPA Position on Marcellus Shale

LWVUS Position on Environmental Protection

In Depth

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania supports the maximum protection of public health and the environment in all aspects of Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction, storage, transmission, waste disposal, inspection, and enforcement. The League further advocates for transparency and responsiveness to stakeholder input in all aspects of natural resources management.

The League supports the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling (December 2013) based on Amendment One (I), Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution as enacted in 1972 which promises: …a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.

In 2009, LWVPA conducted a study into Marcellus Shale and formed the “Straight Scoop on Shale” project to inform citizens about the shale extraction industry and it’s health and environmental effects. For more information on Shale Gas, visit http://www.shalepalwv.org.

League Actions

Testimony, Public Comment, and Letters of Support