The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold an informational meeting on the Chapter 78 and 78A drilling regulations on October 26 starting at 9:00 a.m., according to Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny), Majority Chair of the Committee.
DEP Secretary John Quigley will be part of the meeting. No other participants were announced.
During House and Senate budget hearings, Republican members expressed concern about DEP moving ahead with a proposed final version of the drilling regulations with only a limited comment period and the process used to finalize the regulations.
Republican members, and representatives of the conventional oil and gas drilling industry, also were concerned about the impact of the regulations DEP proposed for the conventional drilling industry.
The drilling industry has threatened to file a lawsuit against DEP on the process used to develop the regulations and move the to final action.
The meeting will be in Room 140 of the Main Capitol.Rep. Maher can be contacted by sending email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Rep. Greg Vitali (R-Delaware) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by sending email to: email@example.com.