Updated state natural gas performance standards are under review

On February 3rd, the PA Environmental Quality Board (EQB) will review the final “Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites,” more commonly referred to as the “Chapter 78 revisions.” The rulemaking revisions are the first since 2001 to update surface impacts from drilling and production activity associated with unconventional oil and gas production.

The lack of tranparency in the rulemaking process has been harshly criticized by industry stakeholders. DEP has been working to revise the rules since 2011.

More information, including a link to view the EQB proceedings live, can be found here. If approved, the rulemaking will go to the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission and could be in effect this summer.

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