This section provides access to laws and policies affecting Marcellus drilling and gas distribution.

At the national level, federal laws  and the ways that they are implemented by agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency are provided.

  • United States Department of Energy: May 5, 2011 press release from Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announcing creation of a subcommittee to provide best practices for safety and environmental protection for hydrofracking and listing committee members


State laws will focus on Pennsylvania, but we will include laws of adjoining states for reference. The policies of state agencies like the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Fish and Boat Commission (FBC), and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) will be listed.

Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 
Article I, Declaration of Rights,  Section 27,  Natural Resources and the Public Estate:

The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.

Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission 

See Also: Issues--Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission

  • Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
    • Click here to go to the PUC website page providing information on Act 127, the Gas and Hazardous Materials Pipeline Act of 2011



At the regional level, we will list policies of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) and the Delaware Basin River Commission (DRBC) as they relate to water use and wastewater production by Marcellus drilling.




At the county and local levels, we will give access to regulations that are in place for each county and municipality in northeastern Pennsylvania for which laws are present.

We will provide links to emerging legislation and commentary regarding the legislative process and the degree to which laws interact and effectively deal with Marcellus impacts.


A variety of educational institutions and public policy organizations may recommend new laws and policies that affect drilling in the Marcellus Shale: