PA House Holds Hearing on Regulations for Conventional Drilling

conventional-v-unconventional-gas-drilling.jpgRecently a group of 12 Pennsylvania state representatives held a hearing in Armstrong County, PA on the topic of separate regulations for PA’s small conventional vs large shale drillers. You may recall that new drilling rules from the state Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) have been approved for shale drillers, called Article 78a, but not for conventional drillers, called Article 78 (see New PA Drilling Regs Closer to Reality, Questions Remain). PA’s conventional drillers say regs for shale drillers are far too strict for small conventional drillers and will drive them out of business. Radical environmental groups, like PennFuture, actually want that outcome, mouthing platitudes that super-strict regulations “may hurt some businesses but create opportunities for others”–so it all balances out in their ethereal pretend world. Here’s some of the comments from the recent House Majority Policy Committee hearing held in Armstrong County…

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