Pennsylvania Commission Approves New Regulations

After considerable debate, Pennsylvania is one step closer to approving new regulations for hydraulic fracturing.   Specifically, on April 21, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) held a lengthy hearing with respect to the new proposed regulations.   The IRRC then approved the new proposed regulations.

Among other things, the new regulations (1) ban waste pits for unconventional gas drilling, (2) requires permits and water management plan  for certain drillers, (3) requires vandal proofing of tanks, and (4) requires well site restoration within nine months of drilling completion.

For more information regarding the new proposed regulations,  please see the PADEP’s fact sheet.

The Pennsylvania House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy committees will review the IRRC’s decision.





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