PA Drilling Regs in Process Since 2012 Delayed by PA Gov Wolf

The 2012 Act 13 law did a great deal to update oil and gas drilling regulations, something Gov. Ed Rendell failed to do when he was in office. But it didn’t do the whole job. Part of the law left it up to the five-member Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board, part of the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection, to codify all sorts of new regulations to make drilling better and safer. Remember, this started in 2012 (which tells you how slowly government moves). The original proposal had 23 pages of changes and new rules, which later blossomed to 73 pages (see 1984 PA Oil & Gas Act Rewrite Delayed but Still Coming). In 2013, the DEP took the draft regulations on “road show” seeking public comment, which they extended into early 2014 (see PA DEP Extends Roadshow for Public Comment on New Drilling Rules). The last we heard, the new regs were supposed to be released in very early 2015 (see DEP Sec. Abruzzo Says Budget Bill Means Delay in New Drilling Regs). Scratch that now. A draft of the final final final final rules was supposed to be discussed on Jan. 22, two days after the coronation of Gov. Tom Wolf, but that was canceled to give Wolf and presumably John Quigley, Wolf’s nominee to head the DEP, time to rewrite them yet again…

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