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DEP: The Department That Regulates and Oversees Drilling

Background

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 Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell.

 

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New methane rules coming for Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry

Pennsylvania regulators are soon planning to introduce new regulations to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, despite expectations President-Elect Donald Trump may seek to roll back new federal rules. Methane is the main component of natural gas and a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change. The state Department of Environmental [...]

Sunoco delays Mariner East 2 pipeline, citing permit issues

Sunoco Logistics is pushing back the start date for its Mariner East 2 pipeline, the company said Thursday in an earnings call. Sunoco chief executive Michael Hennigan blames the delay on problems getting permits from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The 300 mile line is planned to carry natural gas liquids across 17 counties, [...]

Battle over Pennsylvania’s new drilling rules continues

The state Department of Environmental Protection was back in court this week, facing a lawsuit from Marcellus Shale drillers over its new oil and gas regulations. Although nearly a decade has passed since Pennsylvania’s gas boom took off, the state only finalized the new regulations within the past month. The new rules have spurred a bitter fight between [...]

Officials say no drinking water impacted by Sunoco pipeline rupture

Updated 10/25/16 The state Department of Environmental Protection and the EPA continue to sample water downstream from a gasoline pipeline break in Lycoming County, and say so far no levels of petroleum have been detected that would risk public health. Terry Maenza, a spokesman for American Water, which serves about 12,000 customers in the area [...]

Pa. Senate environmental panel chair bemoans ‘lack of leadership’ on Marcellus

Marie Cusick/ StateImpact Pennsylvania State Sen. Gene Yaw (R- Bradford) speaking at the Midstream PA conference in State College. State Senator Gene Yaw (R- Bradford) is sharply criticizing his fellow Pennsylvania public officials, for what he calls a lack of leadership on Marcellus Shale natural gas issues. He has an influential position in Harrisburg as [...]

Advocates urge last-minute vote to save PA pipeline safety law

An effort to preserve and expand a Pennsylvania law designed to protect underground pipes and cables from accidental damage by construction work has almost run out of time in Harrisburg. A state bill to amend the Underground Utility Line Protection Act was on Wednesday, still due for consideration by a Pennsylvania House committee, this just [...]

After bitter fight, new Marcellus Shale regulations set to take effect

After wending their way through a convoluted, controversial five-year process, new regulations for Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale drillers are set to take effect Saturday. The intense political battle has been unlike anything Kurt Klapkowski has seen in his nearly 23-year career at the state Department of Environmental Protection. Over the years there have been efforts to slow down [...]

Trade group seeks to block new drilling rules

An oil and gas trade group is seeking to block new Marcellus Shale drilling regulations scheduled to take effect later this week. The rules have been in development since 2011 and have been the subject of significant controversy. The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) objects to regulatory language giving the state Department of Environmental [...]

Court gives legislature 6 months to fix gas law

Pennsylvania’s highest court struck down industry-friendly portions of the state’s 2012 oil and gas law Wednesday, giving a win to municipalities and environmental groups that challenged it. But one section dealing with how the public should be alerted when a spill happens remains in limbo. The law, known as Act 13, required state environmental regulators [...]

‘Erin Brockovich chemical’ found in PA water systems, study says

More than 160 public water systems in Pennsylvania contained the carcinogenic chemical chromium 6 during recent tests at levels that were above a health limit recommended by scientists in California, according to a new analysis of data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The study from the Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy nonprofit, [...]

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