Stalled Regulations, Ambiguous Role of Advisory Boards Vex Conventional Gas Industry

July 10, 2016 Trib Total Media
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Pennsylvania solved one problem last month by clearing the way for an update of environmental rules for shale gas drilling, but muddled the oversight process for more traditional oil and gas operators, environmentalists and industry representatives said.

A bill approved by lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf in June as Act 52 scrapped new regulations for smaller, conventional drilling operations while enacting standards for those tapping into deeper Marcellus and Utica shales via hydraulic fracturing. It required regulators to start over on writing new rules for the conventional industry — a process that began more than four years ago.

The situation could take years to sort out and has spawned confusion on all sides. It’s also hampering businesses struggling with a prolonged decline in oil and gas prices, leaders said…


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