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Leaders pitch local rail hub

BY JIM DINO
Standard-Speaker staff writer

Hazleton already has an intermodal facility used by buses, and the area has been proposed as the site of a regional cargo airport.

It could also become the home of a hub for trains.

The Manufacturers and Employers Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania held a roundtable discussion Thursday into the possibility of a rail intermodal facility being established in the area.

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Lawmakers discuss Marcellus Shale benefits

BY JIM DINO
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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