From a Friday press release:



ADVISORY – HARRISBURG – Environmental Quality Board to Review Updated Oil and Gas Drilling Regulations






 



HARRISBURG, PA -- On February 3, 2016, Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board (EQB), an independent board responsible for adopting environmental regulations, will review the Department of Environmental Protection’s updates to the oil and gas regulations. The “Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites” (Chapters 78 and 78a) rulemaking modernizes and strengthens the environmental controls employed by both the conventional and unconventional industries to assure the protection of public health, safety, and the environment.

 

The regulatory language has been formulated with the input of more than 25,000 Pennsylvania residents. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in Room 105 of the Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg, PA at 9:00 A.M. It will also be broadcast live online.

 

“These updated regulations have been carefully crafted to both provide improved public health and environmental safeguards to the men, women, and children of Pennsylvania, and provide needed certainty for the industry. The changes are incremental and appropriate, protecting public health while enabling responsible drilling to proceed,” said DEP Secretary John Quigley.

 

In addressing surface activities at well sites, the amendments improve protection of water resources, add public resources considerations, protect public health and safety, address landowner concerns, enhance transparency, and improve data management.

 

To view the EQB meeting live online, please visit http://pacast.com/players/live_dep.asp.

 

“This meeting is an important step towards finalizing these regulations, which have been in the works for more than four years,” said Quigley.

 

The rules will be delivered to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and the House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committees following adoption by EQB. 

 

WHAT:   

Environmental Quality Board hearing to review Ch. 78/78a revisions



WHEN:    

9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 3, 2016



WHERE:  

Room 105

Rachel Carson State Office Building

400 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17105

 

LIVESTREAM AVAILABLE at http://pacast.com/players/live_dep.asp.