PA DEP Sec. Quigley Keeps Secret Key Part of New Drilling Regs

There is still a chance, beyond a lawsuit, that onerous new oil and gas regulations proposed by Pennsylvania Sec. John Quigley will not be adopted as they have been promulgated. We frankly thought it was a done deal–just get them printed in the Pennsylvania Register, wait 45 days and voila–new laws are born, without the involvement of the state legislature. But the state legislature DOES play a role after all. The House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy committees will both take a look and approve, disapprove or take no action on the new regs that separate existing regulations, referred to as Chapter 78, into two sets of regulations, 78 and 78a (for conventional and unconventional, or shale). However, Gov. Wolf seems to have the last say in the matter and he’ll likely sign off on the new rules regardless of what the people, via their representatives in the legislature, want. That’s how Dems govern–against the will of the people. Dictatorial. Here’s the thing. Sec. Quigley is intentionally withholding 29 new forms that the industry will have to fill out as part of the new regulations. Legislators are asking how, in any sense of the word, it is fair to vote on something when you haven’t seen the full language, including these 29 forms? Quigley’s action is (in our opinion) illegal–disclosure of the forms is required under PA’s Right-to-Know law. This is yet another abuse of power by PennFuture PA DEP Sec. Quigley…

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