The House Tuesday is expected to take up an amendment to be offered by Rep. Jaret Gibbons (D-Beaver) to House Bill 1391 (Everett-R-Lycoming) to rollback well site restoration, waste disposal reporting and freshwater construction standards now in DEP’s Chapter 78a Marcellus Shale drilling regulations.
The bills are scheduled to be voted on Tuesday.
Amendment A09804 is a gut-and-replace 7-page amendment that would gut House Bill 1391, which deals with the unrelated oil and gas well landowner royalty issue, and slip in regulatory language repealing Chapter 78a provisions (page 5 & 6 of the amendment).
The PA Environmental Council wrote every member of the House Thursday expressing concern about the language saying it would also limit DEP’s ability to protect public resources from impacts by both conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells.
PEC pointed out DEP’s drilling regulations went through “the most extensive public review process in modern history” and are set to go into effect in the next few weeks.
PEC called the attempt to add regulatory language to a royalty bill “non-germaine and inappropriate.”Senate Committee Vote Sept. 27 Could Lead To Roll Back of PA Environmental Laws