PA Drillers Warn Article 78 Reg Changes Will Cost Jobs/Investment

job lossesPennsylvania’s shale drilling industry is pushing back against the last minute changes made to PA’s oil and gas regulations commonly known as Article 78. In April the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association (PIOGA) turned up the heat on newly-elected Gov. Tom Wolf and PennFuture Dept. of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley with a scorching hot letter (see PIOGA Turns Up the Heat on Wolf/Quigley Over TAB/Article 78). The Marcellus Shale Coalition has joined PIOGA in criticizing the proposed changes to Article 78. MDN has spoken to one drilling company, Cabot Oil & Gas, and confirmed that the new rules proposed by Quigley’s out-of-control DEP will increase the cost to drill by $1-$1.5 million per well by creating senseless rules that don’t safeguard either workers or the environment…

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