New Staffers on Way at PA DEP O&G Courtesy Higher Permit Fees

PA’s Secretary of the Dept. of Environmental Protection, Chris Abruzzo, told lawmakers last week that he plans to hire “several dozen” new staffers in the oil and gas regulation area of the DEP by using new money from a bump up in well permitting fees. Abruzzo said the current 83 inspectors in the field are enough to get the job done, but what they do need is extra help back in the office–support staff.

MDN told you last September that well permit fees are set to go up 56%–from $3,200 per horizontal well to $5,000 (see Coming Soon: PA Drillers to Pay 56% More for Marcellus Permits). The new fee was approved by the DEP’s Environmental Quality Board but needs several more approvals before going into effect (expected soon). Once it does, the help wanted ads will begin to run…

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