EXPLAINER | DEP: The Department That Regulates and Oversees Drilling
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DEP: The Department That Regulates and Oversees Drilling

Regulating natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation is one of many duties charged to the Department of Environmental Protection.

DEP is responsible for enforcing the state’s Oil and Gas Act, as well as state regulations on drinking water quality, air quality and the environmental health of rivers and streams.

DEP divides the state into six regions, and operates 19 district offices. It is currently headed by Secretary Patrick McDonnell.

 

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