PA DEP Issues “Final” New Drilling Regulations; Industry Pushback

PA DEPJohn Quigley, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), yesterday released a finalized version of proposed new oil and gas drilling regulations, otherwise known as Chapters 78 and 78a. A copy was sent to the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) for their required review which is planned for Feb. 3. The entire set of revised/new regulations (copy below) will then get published in the Pennsylvania Register and become final. Both the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), representing unconventional drillers, and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association (PIOGA), representing conventional drillers, have come out against the new regulations. The MSC says the new regulations will cost the industry $2 billion annually without a corresponding benefit for the environment or safety, and PIOGA minces no words when it says the four-year revision process “has been flawed to the point of being fraudulent”…

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