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Sen. Jim Ferlo plans to introduce fracking moratorium bill in 'matter of days'

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State Sen. Jim Ferlo plans to introduce legislation in “a matter of days” that would impose a temporary moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the commonwealth, according to a statement Friday on the lawmaker's website.

Ferlo, D-Allegheny, Armstrong and Westmoreland counties, has scheduled a phone briefing for Tuesday evening to talk about the issue.

The call is for activists and supporters of a moratorium for an off-the-record discussion, said Anne Huber, communications director for Ferlo.

A Ferlo co-sponsorship memorandum from this spring concerning statewide moratorium legislation outlines a plan to prohibit environmental regulators from issuing new unconventional well permits while a commission studies the impacts of the natural-gas industry.

The commission would issue its report by Jan. 1, 2018, according to the memo.

"It is time that we take a step back and analyze the industry costs and benefits to put an appropriate statutory and regulatory framework in place," Ferlo stated.

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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