DEP Board Votes to “Not Endorse” Sec. Quigley’s New Drilling Regs

slap across the faceIn a big metaphorical slap across the face, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection’s Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board (TAB) has voted to not endorse re-worked drilling regulations proposed by the PennFuture Sec. of the DEP, John Quigley. We told you two days ago the DEP was meeting with TAB to get the group’s rubber stamp of approval (see New Drilling Rules for PA Take One Big Step Closer to Reality). Looks like Quigley’s hand-picked new board members are not yes men (and women) after all. This is the second DEP advisory group packed with Quigley appointees that has rejected his onerous proposed re-worked regulations. Previously the Conventional Oil and Gas Advisory Committee (COGAC) also told Quigley nyet (see PA DEP Sec Quigley’s Own Committee Appointees Turn Against Him). Which means both conventional and now unconventional drilling advisors, appointed by Quigley himself, don’t believe Quigley’s rejiggered regulations are good. Do we see a pattern developing here? Seeing that two boards of experts are telling him there’s a problem, does that mean Quigley will pause and reflect and perhaps consider changing his proposed rules? Are you kidding! Don’t make us laugh. Oh no no no. Quigley plans to ramrod these new regs through as fast as he can regardless…

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