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Pa. Fish and Boat Commission seeks gas drilling funds

By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission said its officers are struggling to monitor possible violations at Marcellus Shale gas drilling sites.

Executive director John Arway said Tuesday they would like an additional $1 million to hire seven more officers for that task, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. The commission previously asked the legislature for the funding and didn't get it.

The chief of the agency's law enforcement bureau said they are already short 16 waterways conservation officers, and that many drilling violations don't get investigated.

Officers who stock fish and perform boating safety patrols only investigate pollution incidents reported to that commission. The Department of Environmental Protection monitors many other aspects of oil and gas production.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times