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PA DEP opens oil and gas rules for public comment

Farmland and trees surround a Cabot Oil & Gas fracking site in Harford Township, Pa.

Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY

Farmland and trees surround a Cabot Oil & Gas fracking site in Harford Township, Pa.

Starting Saturday, December 14, the public is invited to comment on major revisions to Pennsylvania’s oil and gas regulations, the Department of Environmental Protection announced this afternoon.

The proposed rules would address surface impacts of drilling, including well pads, impoundments and pipelines, and consider impacts to public resources like parks and wildlife areas. The rules would set regulatory policy for requirements laid out in the state’s natural gas drilling law known as Act 13 or the “impact fee law.”

The Environmental Quality Board will hold two webinars and a series of hearings throughout the 60-day public comment period.

More details from the DEP’s press release:

Editor’s Note: The public hearings will be held at 6 p.m. A list of locations and dates follows:

Wyoming County

Jan. 7, 2014, Tunkhannock High School Auditorium, 135 Tiger Drive, Tunkhannock, PA 18657

Chester County

Jan. 9, 2014, West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Sykes Student Union Theater, 110 West Rosedale Avenue, West Chester, PA 19383

Lycoming County

Jan. 13, 2014, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Klump Academic Center, One College Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701 

Crawford County

Jan. 15, 2014, Meadville Area Senior High School Auditorium, 930 North Street, Meadville, PA 16335

Cumberland County

Jan. 16, 2014, Good Hope Middle School Auditorium, 451 Skyport Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Washington County

Jan. 22, 2014, Washington and Jefferson College’s Rossin Campus Center / Allen Ballroom, 60 South Lincoln Street, Washington, PA 15301

Indiana County

Jan. 23, 2014, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Convention and Athletic Complex, 711 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA 15705

The DEP will host two webinars on Thursday, December 19, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Friday, Jan. 3, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., to answer questions. For registration, click here.

For more information about signing up to speak at a public hearing or submitting comments online or via mail, click here.

Comments

  • Vera Scroggins

    hopefully, they extend the liability distance from gas pads to water wells to 6,000 feet instead of the present 2500 feet;

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