Will DEP Sec Quigley Intentionally Miss Deadline for New Drilling Regs?

Last week MDN gave you the heads up that new “acting” Sec. of the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection, John Quigley, is already signaling his desire to clamp down on the Marcellus industry. He mass-fired the members of the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board (OGTAB)–something no other governor and head of the DEP has done in living memory (see Why did PA DEP Acting Sec Quigley Mass Fired Gas Advisory Board?). Scott Perry, deputy secretary of the DEP, says long-awaited new regulations formulated after the Act 13 law was passed in 2012 will not be delayed because of the mass firings on the OGTAB. Others, however, are not so sure. We still see tremors of a coming earthquake in which Wolf/Quigley screw around and miss the deadline (intentionally) and then rewrite the new regulations once again, to suit their own proclivities on drilling…

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