- STRONGER found the programs and rules put forth by Pennsylvania agencies and legislatures reflected an understanding of the need to distinguish conventional and unconventional development.
- The Pennsylvania DEP actively participated in public orphan and abandoned well events.
- Initiating evaluations of naturally occurring radiation materials (NORMs) and technically-enhanced nautrally-occuring radiation materials (TENORMs).
- The DEP requirement that any “earth disturbance activity” must be accompanied by Erosion and Sediment Control Plans.
- And, STRONGER found that well casing regulations , notification of well commencement and completion, and chemical disclosure requirements exceeded those it advocates for in its guidelines.
STRONGER, however, also included several recommendations for Pennsylvania oil and gas regulations.
- Pennsylvania lacked standardized data across its programs for tracking violations and enforcement actions.
- The TENORM evaluation needs to be completed and appropriate actions need to be taken based of its results.
- Pennsylvania regulators need to establish casing depth standards. Currently, standards only address pressure, centralization and joint welding certification.
- Pre-drilling water sampling guidance needs to be developed.
For more information on STRONGER and its review of Pennsylvania, visit its website.
Written by: Garrett Lent, Research Assistant
Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center