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UPDATED: DEP Hears Public Comments on Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations at W&J

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Quality Board on Wednesday heard testimony from residents who packed into a Washington & Jefferson College meeting room to say their piece on proposed oil and gas regulations for the state.

To read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s coverage of the story, click here:

For coverage from the Observer-Reporter’s Rick Shrum, click here:

I was unable to find coverage from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Editor’s Note: Still looking for photos and video. If you have either, please email them to Amanda Gillooly at marcellusmonitor_editor@yahoo.com.

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PA DEP Extends Public Comment Period for Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations, Adds Two Hearings

DEP Sec. Chris Abruzzo said 90 hearings in 90 days is unheard of - and said public input is important to the process.

DEP Sec. Chris Abruzzo said 9 hearings in 90 days is unheard of – and said public input is important to the process.

Editor’s Note: The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday released the following press release on its website. -amanda

The Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Quality Board announced Wednesday that the public comment period and series of public hearings on the proposed oil and gas surface activities regulation have been extended.

“One of the clear messages we’ve been getting through this hearing and comment process, from both industry and environmental groups, is that we should hold additional hearings and extend the comment period,” DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “Public participation is a key component when crafting these regulations, and we are happy to accommodate this extended period.”

The public comment period, originally scheduled to end on Feb. 12 is extended for 30 days to March 14.

Two additional public hearings will also be held, both beginning at 6 p.m, at these locations:

• Feb. 10: Troy High School, 150 High St., Troy, PA 16947
• Feb. 12: Warren County Courthouse, 204 4th Ave., Warren, PA 16365

“Nine public hearings and a total of 90 days for public comment is unprecedented – we are committed to understanding the concerns of all Pennsylvanians on this important state regulation,” Abruzzo said.

The hearings are being held by the EQB for the purpose of accepting comments on a proposed regulation for environmental protection performance standards associated with oil and gas activities.

The EQB is a 20-member independent board that adopts all DEP regulations and considers petitions to change regulations.

For more information on how to submit comments or how to sign up to make comments at one of the upcoming hearings, click here.

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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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