PennFuture Tuesday applauded the decision by the state Department of Environmental Protection to extend the public comment period on proposed new regulations for oil and gas development – Chapter 78 of the DEP's regulations – for 30 days.
Citizens may now comment, either in writing or at two additional public hearings helmed by the Environmental Quality Board, through March 14.
"State agencies including the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resourcesare stewards of our natural resources for all Pennsylvanians and future generations and, as such, they must consider the will of the people when it comes to oil and gas activities in our state," said Cindy Dunn, president and chief executive officer of PennFuture. "That's why we called for an extension of the public comment period on these proposed new regulations. It's imperative that our citizens make their voices heard, and we urge them to call for the strongest of regulations, and diligent enforcement, on oil and gas activities in the Commonwealth. We are grateful to DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo for heeding the call and agreeing that public engagement is critical during the rulemaking process."For more information, visit PennFuture’s website.