New Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Surface Regulations

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
http://bit.ly/1UA6ccx (DEP website)
http://bit.ly/1JxamkO (fact sheet)
http://bit.ly/1JxasZQ (executive summary)

[Patriot-News] The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday made available thousands of pages of documents outlining new rules for the oil and gas industry.

Among the trove of public documents are increased regulations for unconventional drillers, which apply to companies extracting natural resources from the Marcellus Shale…

Some of the biggest changes include “a prohibition on all pits,” such as the pits used for drill cuttings and flowback fluids…

According to a slideshow presented during the call, the new rules:

  • Ensure the protection of public health, safety and the environment
  • Protect public resources to minimize impacts from oil and gas drilling
  • Modernize the regulatory program to recognize advances in technology
  • Address landowner concerns
  • Enhance transparency and improve data management…

 

 

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