Environmental lawyers across Pennsylvania, including Ballard Spahr energy and environmental partner Harry Weiss, are praising a recent report by Gov. Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission. They are calling it a first step toward implementing future regulation and legislation. The report covers the public’s concern over environmental issues posed by natural gas drilling.

"Whenever I'm out speaking (about drilling), the question is always, 'Is it safe? Are we going to make it safe?'" Mr. Weiss said. "This report goes a long way in saying there are ways that deserve to be considered where we can profit from the economic boom and protect the important natural resources in Pennsylvania. But I don't think it, by any means, is going to make the hysteria go away."

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