DEP: The Department That Regulates and Oversees Drilling
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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DEP is denying the company’s application to renew its operating permit and filing a complaint with Erie County common pleas court, seeking an injunction to shut down the facility.