Thursday, October 29, 2015

PA Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board Supports Further Review of Proposed Amendments to Chapter 78 regulations

On October 27, 2015, the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board (OGTAB) adopted a resolution supporting further analysis of the proposed amendments to Chapter 78 Subchapter C of the Pennsylvania Code.

In August 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released draft final revisions to the “Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites” rulemaking. The final rule creates two distinct chapters respectively addressing conventional (Chapter 78) and unconventional well development (Chapter 78a), and it also provides for further consideration of potential environmental impacts from oil and gas field activities.

In the resolution, OGTAB contended that “the Department’s presentations [to the Advisory Board] have focused almost exclusively on the Department’s proposed amendments to Chapter 78a, with very little time spent reviewing or discussion Chapter 78.” Therefore, OGTAB stated that it will provide a report or comments to the EQB considering issues related to Chapter 78.  

Written by Chloe Marie - Research Fellow

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