Gov. Wolf Thursday signed Senate Bill 279 (Hutchinson-R- Venango) which kills updated DEP regulations covering conventional oil and gas drilling and makes the agency start the process over. The bill is now Act 52.
“I am pleased to have reached bi-partisan agreement with the legislature to proceed with the Chapter 78a unconventional oil and gas regulations, which will better protect the health of our environment and our residents,” said Gov. Wolf. “As part of the compromise I reached with the legislature, my administration will get to work immediately to redraft conventional regulations, and I have directed the Department of Environmental Protection to begin the process.”
A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.