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Lawmakers discuss Marcellus Shale benefits

Standard-Speaker staff writer

The Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling project has the potential to ease Pennsylvania's $3 billion budget deficit next year, but taxes and fees derived from the gas also have to protect the environment, local lawmakers said Friday.

State Reps. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-121; Neal Goodman D-123; Jerry Knowles, R-124; and Tim Seip, D-125, answered questions from members of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association on Friday at Top of the 80s in West Hazleton.

Legislators were questioned on four topics: the 2011 budget deficit, taxes, transportation and energy.

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