Enviro Groups Unveil Lawmaker Marcellus Scorecard

A coalition of environmental groups issued a scorecard Tuesday rating the voting records of Pa. Senators and Representatives on the issue of Marcellus shale.

The Pa. Sierra Club, Conservation Voters of Pa., Clean Water Action and Penn Environment issued the ratings, based on the long and winding road that was HB 1950 – the state’s overhaul of Marcellus shale drilling regulations and local impact fee. A vote in favor of the legislation was scored negatively.

“When voters head to the polls this year, they should know how their legislators handled the Marcellus Shale, the biggest environmental issue facing Pennsylvania. Combined, we expect our organizations will distribute this scorecard to more than a quarter million Pennsylvania citizens and give every voter online access to this data,” said Josh McNeil of Conservation Voters of PA in a press release.

“We are glad to see that we have some environmental heroes in the state legislature who stood up to protect our water, our air, and our neighborhoods from gas drilling. Unfortunately, far too many legislators earned failing grades in this Scorecard,” stated Jeff Schmidt, Director for the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter.

The following lawmakers received 100 percent:

Senators Larry Farnese, Christine Tartaglione, Shirley Kitchen, LeAnna Washington, Michael Stack, Judy Schwank, John Yudichak, Daylin Leach, Lisa Boscola, Andy Dinniman, John Blake, Jim Ferlo, Wayne Fontana, and Jay Costa.

Representatives Pat Harkins, Florindo Fabrizio, Rob Matzie, Adam Ravenstah, Dom Costa, Dan Frankel, Steve Santarsiero, Paul Costa, Matt Smith, Bill DeWeese, Deberah Kula, Matt Bradford, Bryan Barbin, Scott Conklin, Eugene DePasquale, Mike Sturla, Phyllis Mundy, Eddie Pashinski, Neal Goodman, Joe Brennan, Steve Samuelson, Bob Freeman, John Galloway, Tina Davis, Mike Gerber, Tim Briggs, Lawrence Curry, Margo Davidson, Greg Vitali, Brendan Boyle, Kevin Boyle, Michael McGeehan, John Sabatina, Babette Josephs, Bill Keller, Maria Donatucci, Kenyatta Johnson, Jim Roebuck, Vanessa Brown, Louise Bishop, Michelle Brownlee, Jewell Williams, Rosita Youngblood, and Cherelle Parker.

All are Democrats. The highest-scoring Republican was former Rep. Denny O’Brien at 63 percent, followed by Reps. Scott Petri, Gene DiGirolamo and Karen Boback at 54 percent.

The following lawmakers received 0 percent:

Senators Richard Alloway, Dave Argall, Pat Browne, Mike Brubaker, Jake Corman, Jane Earll, John Gordner, Bob Mensch, Jeff Piccola, John Pippy, Bob Robbins, Joe Scarnati, Lloyd Smucker, Elder Vogel, Kim Ward, Mike Waugh, Don White, Mary Jo White, John Wazniak, and Gene Yaw, and Representatives Marty Causer and Kathy Rapp.

All are Republicans, except for Wozniak.

Here is the full scorecard.

Marcellus Shale Scorecard

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