PA DEP On Course to Jam New Regulations Down Drillers’ Throats

In January, MDN told you that the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) finally pushed out new drilling regulations, required under the 2012 Act 13 law (see PA DEP Issues “Final” New Drilling Regulations; Industry Pushback). The new regulations were already done and ready to be adopted–and then radical leftist Tom Wolf took office and decided to put his own environmentalist fingerprints all over the regulations–ruining them. The industry is pushing back. Not at stricter controls here and there, but against superfluous and stupid requirements that cost a lot of money but don’t make the environment (or people) safer. Last month we told you that the DEP continue to keep secret some of the parts of the new regulations (see PA DEP Sec. Quigley Keeps Secret Key Part of New Drilling Regs). That’s shifty. Sneaky. Sleazy. So what’s the status? During an education presentation last week in Murrysville (Westmoreland County), PA, DEP deputy secretary for oil and gas management, Scott Perry, said the DEP will push through the new regulations as written. In other words, open wide drillers, here it comes…

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