Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law on February 13, 2012, legislation strengthening state regulation of oil and gas drilling, allowing counties to impose a 15-year natural gas drilling impact fee, and limiting the ability of local governments to restrict drilling operations using local zoning laws. The bill, H.B. 1950, implements an array of environmental mandates that take effect 60 days after enactment of the bill. For example, H.B. 1950 mandates disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations, adding Pennsylvania to the growing body of states requiring such chemical disclosures. Other provisions of the bill include mandated increases in setbacks of shale gas wells from water wells, reservoirs, and streams; requirements to restore well drilling pads within nine months; higher civil and criminal penalties for violations of environmental regulations; and increased bonding requirements for wells. Read the final version of H.B. 1950. See a summary outline of the legislation that was prepared as part of the legislature’s conference committee report.