Gov. Tom Wolf’s efforts to speed up the state’s environmental permitting process was among the main topics of discussion on the latest broadcast of The Confluence, a news program on Pittsburgh’s 90.5 FM WESA. StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Reid Frazier spoke about what impact Wolf’s efforts to hire 35 more Department of Environmental Protection inspectors, could have for the state’s oil and gas industry.
“The DEP’s staffing is down around 40 percent…that’s had an impact on how quickly the DEP staff can go through permits,” Frazier said. “Govenor Wolf has proposed adding $2.5 million to the DEP’s budget–out of a total state budget of $32 billion…to speed the permit process along.” Continue Reading