PA DEP Reignites Initiative re Inspections/Compliance/Enforcement

On Tuesday the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an ambiguous, slightly threatening-sounding announcement about “restarting a process” that will lead to more consistency with “inspections, compliance and enforcement activities.” The announcement does not specifically mention the oil and gas industry, but o&g is a large part of what the DEP does–so presumably this is a new effort to clamp down on drillers and midstream companies. How will the DEP become more “consistent” with inspections and compliance and enforcement? That’s left unsaid. The DEP says it is conducting an “internal review” now, to be completed in May. They promise a coming public notice and comment period this summer…

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