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EQB Encourages Public Participation on Draft Oil and Gas Well Regulations

Friday December 27th, 2013

Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board has proposed new regulations on surface activities for oil and gas well development that were published in the December 14, 2013, issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. These proposed regulations will set new requirements for oil and gas operations to  increase protection of public health, safety, and the environment. The EQB is encouraging public participation on the proposed regulations through written comments and at public hearings at seven locations across the state in January.

The proposed amendments modify and update existing requirements for surface activities associated with the development of oil and gas wells, including containment of regulated substances, waste disposal, site restoration, and reporting releases. These proposed regulations also establish new provisions for borrow pits, oil and gas gathering pipelines, identification of abandoned wells, and the road spreading of brine. Additionally, these proposed regulations add new provisions for unconventional gas wells on identifying the impacts to public resources, standards for freshwater and wastewater impoundments, well site containment systems, wastewater processing, and water management plans.

Click here to learn more about the regulations, the dates and locations of the public hearings, and how to submit comments and participate in the hearings. In addition, the state Department of Environmental protection will hold a webinar on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., to present information and answer questions on the proposed regulation. For more information or to register for the webinar, click here.