Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) have opened a public comment period for proposed regulation for oil and natural gas wells, waste handling, clean up and pipeline management. The EQB will be hosting seven public hearings across Pennsylvania and offer multiple ways to submit comments.
Along with the EQB hearings, DEP will be holding two webinars on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Friday, Jan. 3, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., to present information and answer questions on the proposed regulation.
Dec. 19: Proposed Regulation for Oil and Gas Surface Activities Webinar, 2:30 p.m. Click here to register.
Jan. 3: Proposed Regulation for Oil and Gas Surface Activities Webinar, 9:30 a.m. Click here to register.
The proposed regulation implements key provisions of Act 13 of 2012, include consideration of impacts to public resources such as parks and wildlife areas; prevention of spills; management of waste; and the restoration of well sites after drilling. And, the rulemaking also covers standards affecting the construction of gathering lines and temporary pipelines.
Hearing dates and locations are:
Jan. 7: Tunkhannock
Jan. 9: West Chester
Jan. 13: Williamsport
Jan. 15: Meadville
Jan. 16: Mechanicsburg
Jan. 22: Washington
Jan. 23. Indiana
To present verbal testimony at a hearing, contact the EQB at least one week in advance of the hearing to reserve a time. Those who wish to present testimony at the hearing may use the address below or call the EQB at 717-787-4526 to reserve time to testify.
The public is also being invited to submit one-page summary comments online by Feb. 12 at http://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/RegComments. Written comments and summaries should be mailed to Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477.
The summaries and a formal comment and response document will be distributed to the EQB and available publicly prior to the meeting when the final rulemaking will be considered.