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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Brian Schwartz said he recently became convinced that the time had come to make a public statement about banning fracking. A shale gas industry group said a ban would bring Pennsylvania’s economy “to a standstill.”