Why did PA DEP Acting Sec Quigley Mass Fire Gas Advisory Board?

Even though he’s still only “acting” Secretary of the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), John Quigley is cleaning house at the DEP–installing his own yes-men and women in important positions–and doing it just prior to issuing important new drilling regulations. For some time politicians and old-line mom and pop conventional (non-shale) drillers have been making a fuss that the rules that apply to shale drillers should not apply to non-shale drillers. Fair enough. There are some major differences. But the timing for creating a new Conventional Oil and Gas Advisory Committee in addition to the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board (OGTAB)–and mass firing the members of the OGTAB (as Quigley has done) seems darned peculiar in light of the fact they have to publish new drilling regulations this year or what has been a 3-year process will need to be restarted all over again…

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