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Last-minute ban blocks drilling in SW Pennsylvania

By Bob Downing Published: July 4, 2012

A last-minute provision dropped into Pennsylvania's state budget bill and signed by Gov. Tom Corbett would block drilling for natural gas in parts of southeast Pennstlvania.

The provision would block drilling in the South Newark Basin that stretches from New Jersey through Bucks, Montgomery and Berks counties in Pennsylvania.

Lawmakers are puzzled by the development and drillers are drying foul, says the Pittsburgh Post Gaxette.

The moratorium would expire in 2018.

Drilling cannot begin there until the Delaware River Basinc Commission approves drilling rules.

A study by the U.S. Geological Survey indicates that the basin contains both shale and coal bed methane deposits.

It says the South Newark Basin contains at least 363 billion cubic feet of natural gas and the agency's best estimate is that it contains 876 billion cubic feet.

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