Thursday, September 25, 2014

DEP Releases Draft Conventional, Unconventional Well Regulation Split

The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday released revised Chapter 78 drilling regulations which split conventional well standards in a new Chapter 78 and unconventional (Marcellus Shale) well requirements in Chapter 78a during the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board meeting.
The split was required by a provision included in the Fiscal Code bill at the last minute right before the General Assembly adjourned for the summer.
DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo told the Citizens Advisory Council in July, “I don’t think there will be substantive changes in the regulations.  It’s a change in format. I’m disappointed that it will delay the regulations.”

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