Morning Must Reads: Mo Gas, Mo Problems

Conflict over gas drilling is not just a Pennsylvania phenomenon. The New York Times has a story this morning on the tensions over shale gas drilling in Colorado.

Back home in Pennsylvania on Monday, the Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission released its report on concerns over gas drilling. (The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center was one of the organizers of the Citizens Commission.) Below is the initial take of The Trib in Pittsburgh on the Commission's report release. More important than that initial take is the careful consideration of the new report by lawmakers, the administration, and the public — consistent with the general goal of having future "public" policy regarding the industry shaped by what's in the public good. What a concept!

The citizens commission was organized by eight nonprofit community and environmental groups that claimed it gave people a voice in the debate over how to improve drilling policies and protections.

More than 100 recommendations are contained in its report, a two-month effort compiled after a series of five public hearings across the state, including one in McDonald.

It's intended to be an alternative to Gov. Corbett's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, which released a report in July. [Commission co-chair Dan] Surra said Corbett's panel was filled with industry representatives and failed to realize the state's inadequate regulations.


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