Friday, March 20, 2009

DEP Consolidates Marcellus Shale Permit Reviews

The Department of Environmental Protection took action this week to consolidate the review of Chapter 102 and 105 erosion and sedimentation and stormwater permits for Marcellus Shale gas drilling permits under DEP's Regional Oil and Gas Program staff, rather than have county conservation districts do those reviews.
Specifically, all Chapter 102 and 105 permits for the exploration, production, processing, treatment or transmission facilities will be reviewed by DEP under the ESCGP-1 permit. New permit forms will be developed by the agency to be used starting April 1.
In addition, any complaints related to Marcellus Shale drilling operations received by conservation districts are to be referred to the appropriate DEP Regional Office Oil and Gas Program.
Conservation districts will still be authorized to handle ESCGP-1 permit reviewed for intrastate and interstate pipelines. (click here for a copy of the transfer memo)

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