Madeleine Smith: Major Differences Between Colorado and Pennsylvania

Both states have similar regulations, but are organized quite a bit differently.  The biggest difference between regulations in Colorado and Pennsylvania lays in the severance tax versus the impact fee.  Colorado also has more central organization than Pennsylvania, but concerned citizens in both states hold major influence in the politics behind fracking.  Chemical disclosure has had more time to settle into acceptance by companies in Colorado while Pennsylvania is still facing some resistance to the newer policy.  The people’s concerns are reflected in the environmental precautions taken in Colorado and the increased inspection rates in Pennsylvania that far surpass those taking place anywhere else aiming to reduce worries about public health.