PA’s New Chapter 78a Drilling Regs Go into Effect Oct 8

Scott Perry, PA DEP
Scott Perry, PA DEP

Some important news came out of a session held last week at the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Shale Insight event. During one of the sessions, Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) Deputy Secretary of the DEP’s Office of Oil and Gas Management, Scott Perry, said that the very long awaited new Chapter 78a shale drilling rules will go into effect on Oct. 8th. You may recall the last time MDN covered the issue, in August, there was some controversy and question over whether or not the final new rules would get published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin (see New PA Drilling Regs Closer to Reality, Questions Remain). We can now lay that question to rest. On Oct. 8, according to Perry, the rules as they are (no further tweaks) will get published and then, immediately, become law…

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