Clean Energy and Conservation

Pennsylvania Can Do Better

As a lifelong environmentalist who marched in the first Earth Day in 1970, I am committed ensuring a healthy environment, clean energy, and preservation of our state parks.

First, the Pennsylvania State House must deal more effectively with Fracking and the Natural Gas Industry, the $6B gorilla in the room. 

  • WHERE FRACKING IS ENTRENCHED I will fight to 1) increase oversight, 2) enforce regulation,  3) stringently require mitigation of all damage caused by operations, and 5) increase state revenue by replacing our current modest Impact Fee with a more equitable Severance Tax* 
  • WHERE FRACKING IS NOT CURRENTLY PERMITTED  1) I will move to make the current moratorium on Fracking in Bucks, Montgomery and parts of Chester and Berks counties permanent, 2) ENSURE  the current ban on Fracking in the Delaware River Basin (with language addressing wastewater disposal concerns) be formalized with the force of law, and 3) OPPOSE  SR 104, the current Senate resolution to end Governor Wolf’s moratorium on further Fracking in State Forests.

Second, to address climate change I will support legislation to incentivize clean solarenergy for all. There are several current bills that I fully support including:

And finally, we must protect and maintain the condition of our State Parks, which are invaluable resources for recreation and tourism. Of particular concern to the citizens of the 143rd district are the two State Parks we are fortunate enough to have within our border, Nockamixon State Park and our stretch of the Delaware Canal State Park. Sadly, our section of the Delaware Canal State Park is in chronic disrepair.  Sommers HPIM3754.JPG

*Pennsylvania’s current Impact Fees are imposed one each site beginning in year it is drilled and are adjusted downward each year thereafter, ending completely after 15 years. This system leaves millions of dollars in revenue on the table every year. The industry Standard is a Severance Tax or Extraction Tax which imposes fees based on actual total volume of gas produced over the life of the site.  This sweetheart deal was devised in 2006 by a Republican state house. Governor Wolf has repeatedly battled with the Republic Legislature to Natural Gas Taxation.  The saga continues read more here and here.