Pennsylvania DEP Secretary Comments On DRBC's Release Of Proposed Natural Gas Drilling Regulations
Rules Will Complement PA's Unprecedented Improvements to Industry Oversight
HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger today reacted to the Delaware River Basin Commission's release of proposed regulations that would govern water withdrawals for natural gas drilling throughout the watershed, as well as how those operations develop wells and manage wastewater.
"The DRBC's action represents a good first step that is necessary to move this process forward," said Hanger. "It's important to note that these are proposed rules that are now open for public comment. It's time for the public to have their say on these matters.
"Changes may still be made before we reach a final product that is clear and enforceable. Once the comments have been addressed and changes made, the rules will be brought back to the commission for a full vote."DRBC's proposed regulatory package, available at www.drbc.net, establishes requirements to protect the basin's surface and groundwater resources from activities associated with building and operating natural gas wells. The commission intends to hold three public hearings during the 90-day comment period to receive oral testimony on the proposed rulemaking. Details of those hearings and instructions for submitting comments via other means can be found at www.drbc.net. Hanger added that, once finalized, DRBC's rule will complement the many measures DEP has implemented to strengthen oversight of natural gas development in Pennsylvania. In the past two years, the commonwealth has more than doubled the number of DEP staff regulating the industry to 202 employees as of today. The department has also advanced a number of new state-specific regulatory requirements. A new regulation enacted in July 2010 requires drilling companies to treat drilling wastewater to the safe drinking water standard for Total Dissolved Solids, or TDS. TDS include chlorides and sulfates, which affect the taste and odor of drinking water and, in high concentrations, can damage or destroy aquatic life. The new regulation ensures the state's streams do not exceed the safe drinking water standard of 500 milligrams per liter.
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