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ACTION: Public Support Needed for Changes in Rules Governing Oil and Gas Drilling


ACTION: Contact your State legislators and urge them to support adoption of Chapters 78 and 78A. Click HERE.

Before the state legislature is an effort to improve rules governing oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania. Both the Environmental Quality Board and the Independent Regulatory Review Commission approved the changes developed over five years by the DEP and included in Chapters 78 (conventional drilling) and 78A fracking). The areas covered in these Chapters are:
— Improve protection of water resources,
— Add public resources considerations,
— Protect public health and safety,
— Address landowner concerns, and
— Enhance transparency and improve data management.

Environmentalists and citizen groups across the state believe that the changes are needed to protect the public from harmful exposure to toxic air and water pollution. But on June 8 friends of the industry on the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee introduced a measure (SB 279) to eliminate the new regulations.

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