Pennsylvania House Republicans Propose Shale Initiative, Greater Use of Natural Gas

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The establishment of natural-gas stations along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and other incentives to increase the consumption of natural gas in Pennsylvania are being advocated by the state house Republican caucus as the "Marcellus Works" initiative. Legislative action on any of the provisions in the recently unveiled proposal is likely off until the next legislative session, which begins in January 2011.

"Some of the elements of it could be tied to a debate on transportation funding, yet this year," said Andrew Ritter, an aide to the house Republican Policy Committee. "But the probability is they will be taken up next session." That likelihood is a near certainty since, following the elections, Republicans will hold at least 111 seats in the 203-member house in 2011. The Marcellus Works plan includes four key components that were outlined in a statement released by the caucus...

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