On Saturday, October 8, 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection enacted its new regulations covering unconventional natural gas well pad development. The new regulations include area of review requirements to protect public resources (which may apply to wells located near schools, playgrounds and parks), stronger water supply restoration standards, the development and maintenance of Preparedness, Prevention and Contingency Plans, a general prohibition on waste disposal pits and well record/completions report requirements. Additional information on the regulations can be found in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Industry challenges to these regulations will likely occur after the DEP begins enforcement efforts.
If you have any questions about these new regulations or potential challenges, then contact Michael Vennum or Josh Hannold at Vorys’ Pittsburgh office.