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Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway will lead a discussion on the Marcellus Shale development during an event hosted by Susquehanna Chapter Trout Unlimited and the Lycoming College Clean Water Institute on Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Room D-001 of the College's Academic Center. William Worobec, president of the PFBC Board of Commissioners, will also be in attendance.
Arway will present the commission's perspective on how aquatic resources are impacted by Marcellus Shale development projects, explaining the commission's role in enforcing pollution laws and making a case for enacting the proposed severance tax.
Arway explains that, since 1909, the commission has had the authority to enforce water pollution laws and it will continue to ensure that Marcellus projects are designed and implemented with as little environmental resource impact as possible.
The protection of fishing and boating activities is crucial to the operation of the commission, which relies almost entirely on fishing licenses, boat registrations and federal funding to pay for everything it does. Therefore, it is imperative that the commission is aware and ahead of the Marcellus development projects because of its responsibility to protect fishing and boating resources.
"If we received a portion of the severance tax," said Arway, "we could take a collaborative approach with both the industry and other agencies that are reviewing and advising projects." It is his hope that the commission not only gathers to review and comment on projects, but that it works with developers and other agencies to enforce water pollution laws and ensure the protection of resources.