In August, 2013, comprehensive changes were proposed for 25 Pa. Code Chapter 78, Subchapter C. The proposed changes involve new field practices, permits and forms. The changes would have serious impact on Pennsylvania’s conventional oil and gas industry. The changes would add to the cumulative impacts of already increasing rules, permits and policies.
House of Representatives Southwest and Northwest Democratic Caucus Support Bifurcation.
12/4/2015 — Northwest Democratic Caucus sends House Democratic Caucus Leadship letter of support for appropriate separate regulations for conventional and unconventional oil and gas industry. The letter asks that the Fiscal Code bill include language concerning conventional oil and gas well regulations as presented in Sentate Bill 655. (PDF)
12/10/2015 — Southwest Democratic Caucus sends House Democratic Caucus Leadship letter of support for appropriate separate regulations for conventional and unconventional oil and gas industry. The letter asks that the Fiscal Code bill include language concerning conventional oil and gas well regulations as presented in Sentate Bill 655. (PDF)
DEP RELEASES UPDATED DRAFT CHAPTER 78. CONVENTIONAL OIL AND GAS WELLS PROVISIONS– AUGUST 14, 2015
08/12/2015 — Update Draft Regulations (PDF)
08/12/2015 — DRAFT FINAL RULEMAKING; 25 PA.CODE CHAPTER 78 (RELATING TO CONVENTIONAL OIL AND GAS WELLS)
AND CHAPTER 78a (RELATING TO UNCONVENTIONAL WELLS); SUMMARY OF CHANGES FROM ANFR PUBLISHED ON APRIL 4, 2015 (PDF)
Update May, 2015 — PGCC submitted comments to the revised Chapter 78 Regulations released by DEP in March 2015. (PDF)
In March, 2014, PGCC submitted its comments to the proposed Chapter 78 Regulations. The comments focus on the need for separate regulations for the conventional and unconventional oil and gas industries, the failure to identify the need for regulatory changes for the conventional industry, and the DEP’s inadequate analysis of the financial consequences of the proposed changes. The PGCC comments include a proposed set of regulations geared exclusively to the conventional oil and gas industry. (PDF)
PGCC Comments Summary.
05/15 — Updated Financial Summary based on updated draft Chapter 78. Conventional Oil and Gas Well Provisions. (PDF)
This document is a short summary of the financial information provided in the PGCC Comments. (PDF)
DEP Announces Dates and Locations for Public Hearings to Discuss Revisions to Chapter 78 and 78a
04/15/2015 — Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the dates and locations for three public hearings to discuss revisions to the Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites (Chapter 78 and 78a). The hearings were added to the recently-extended public comment period for the draft final rule. (PDF)
DEP RELEASES DRAFT CHAPTER 78. CONVENTIONAL OIL AND GAS WELLS PROVISIONS
02/13/15 — (PDF)
03/09/15 — updated draft. “The Department has made two minor non-substantive changes to the document..” (PDF)
DEP Conventional Oil and Gas Advisory Committee
In February 2015, the Department of Environmental Protection created the Conventional Oil and Gas Advisory Committee. The Committee will advise DEP on all matters pertaining to conventional oil and gas extraction practices as it is defined under the Oil and Gas Act of 2012. PGCC Board Vice President Bruce Grindle announced by DEP as an offical member of the COGAC (PDF). Board Member Doug Jones will be the alternate for PGCC.
Information regarding this committee, including meeting agendas and current important documents being reviewed can be found on the DEP website; http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/conventional_oil_and_gas_advisory_committee/21984?
Chapter 78 Proposed Changes.
On August 27, 2013 the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board accepted for publication, as a proposed rule, these proposed changes. (PDF)
DEP Regulatory Analysis.
In August, 2013, the DEP published the regulatory analysis required by law. Among other things the law requires a statement of why the regulatory change is needed and the estimated costs of implementing the changes. (PDF)
PGCC White Paper.
In September, 2013, PGCC published a White Paper discussing the impacts of the proposed changes upon Pennsylvania’s conventional oil and gas industry. (PDF)
Comments of the Independent Regulatory Review Commission.
On April 14, 2014, the IRRC issued its comments on the proposed changes to Chapter 78. The IRRC comments echo many of the concerns raised by PGCC. (PDF)