REMINDER: DEP Hosting Hearing on Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations WEDNESDAY in WashCo

I wanted to remind my local friends about a chance to be heard by the state Department of Environmental Protection regarding what regulations should govern oil and gas activities in Pennsylvania.

Here’s what you need to know if you want to go:

When? 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22

Where? Washington & Jefferson College’s Rossin Campus Center Allen Ballroom located at 60 South Lincoln Street, Washington, PA

Why? The hearing is being held by the Environmental Quality Board (a 20-member independent body that adopts all DEP regulations and considers petitions to change regulations) for the purpose of accepting comments on a proposed regulation for environmental protection performance standards associated with oil and gas activities.

What do I have to do to make a comment? Members of the public wishing to present verbal testimony have been asked to contact the EQB to reserve a time by either calling 717-787-4526 or by emailing RegComments@pa.gov.

What if I don’t get a chance to sign up by still want to attend and comment? Those who are not able to sign-up in advance of the hearing will be given the opportunity to sign-up at the hearing and will be called upon to speak after those who pre-registered.

So, what are the rules for making a comment at the hearing? Witnesses are limited to five minutes of testimony and are requested to submit three written copies of their testimony to the hearing chairperson at the hearing. Organizations are limited to designating one witness to present testimony on their behalf at each hearing.

Damn! I can’t make it. Is there any way to submit my comments some other way? Yes. Comments and a one-page summary may be submitted to EQB at http://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/RegComments. If snail mail is more your speed, written comments and summaries can be mailed to the Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477. They can also be submitted via email at RegComments@pa.gov.

When do comments need to be submitted? By Feb. 12.

Will there be any communication after the submission date and before the board rules? Yes. The summaries and a formal comment and response document will be distributed to the EQB and available publicly prior to the meeting when the final rule making will be considered.

Where can I get educated on the proposed regulation? Right here: www.dep.state.pa.us Once there, click the “Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations” button.

 

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