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.