Murrysville Mulls Drilling Rules; A Proposal to Tighten State Environmental Regulations on Drilling Has Yet to Be Considered by the Legislature, but Murrysville Officials Feel Comfortable Relying on It as They Move Forward to Develop Local Regulations for Unconventional Drilling. [Derived Headline]

By Varine, Patrick | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 5, 2016 | Go to article overview

Murrysville Mulls Drilling Rules; A Proposal to Tighten State Environmental Regulations on Drilling Has Yet to Be Considered by the Legislature, but Murrysville Officials Feel Comfortable Relying on It as They Move Forward to Develop Local Regulations for Unconventional Drilling. [Derived Headline]


Varine, Patrick, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


A proposal to tighten state environmental regulations on drilling has yet to be considered by the legislature, but Murrysville officials feel comfortable relying on it as they move forward to develop local regulations for unconventional drilling.

The Department of Environmental Protection's proposed updates to the state's Chapter 78 -- laws that regulate oil and gas -- recently were approved by the state's Environmental Quality Board and will be forwarded to the legislature. In addition to updated regulations for conventional well drillers, the new rules propose more stringent measures for unconventional drillers centered on permitting, handling drilling waste and water quality issues.

Councilman David Perry said he anticipates the updates will face a convoluted path similar to Act 13, the state law which initially overruled many local drilling regulations until the Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out parts of the law in late 2013.

"(Chapter 78 proposals) will be challenged, they'll be chewed up, and pieces are going to get kicked," Perry said at council's meeting Wednesday night.

Murrysville Chief Administrator Jim Morrison said that while he'd heard conventional drilling companies have raised objections to the Chapter 78 proposals regarding their industry, he expects the unconventional proposals, labeled 78A, to become law.

"I feel fairly confident that (Chapter 78A), as it impacts Marcellus, will go forward," Morrison said. …

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