The House Democratic Policy Committee, at the request of State Reprsentative Greg Vitali, will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Delaware County Community College, 901 South Media Line Road, Media, to discuss concerns about air pollution from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.
The hearing will be held in the large auditorium, Room 2225, in the Academic Building.
Air quality is a growing concern as Marcellus drilling expands across the state. The purpose of this hearing is to examine the extent of air pollution associated with drilling and what steps need to be taken to address the pollution.
Former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger, Clean Air Council attorney Jay Duffy, Group Against Smog and Pollution attorney Joe Osborne, American Lung Association of Pennsylvania Director of Environmental Health Kevin Stewart and former DEP Southwest Regional Director George Jugovic are scheduled to speak.
Also scheduled to speak are three representatives from the Marcellus Shale gas drilling industry: Andrew Paterson, executive vice president of technical affairs for the Marcellus Shale Coalition; Jim Cooper, regulatory affairs environmental specialist for Chesapeake Energy; and Carla Suszkowski, director of regulatory policy for Range Resources.
The hearing is open to the public. However, only members of the committee may ask questions of those who testify.