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Pennsylvania DEP Reorganizes in Response to Gas Drilling

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A major reorganization within the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will refocus the agency on its core mission of protecting the environment while improving efficiency and regulatory consistency. "These organizational changes will enhance the department's...

Video: John Hanger on Government Oversight of Fracking

John Hanger, special counsel to Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot and former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, spoke at the HB Litigation Conferences' Gas Drilling Conference on Sept. 9 in Philadelphia. In this clip, he discusses some important issues that new...

Video: Part 2: John Hanger on Government Regulation of Fracking

Part 2: John Hanger, special counsel to Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot and former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, spoke at the HB Litigation Conferences' Gas Drilling Conference on Sept. 9 in Philadelphia. In this clip, he discusses some important issues...

New Pennsylvania Policy to Address Spills and Releases from Oil and Gas Wells and Related Operations

The Bureau of Oil and Gas Management (BOGM), within the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, has drafted a new policy, Addressing Spills and Releases from Oil and Gas Wells and Related Operations (Policy). The Policy is notable because it provides guidance regarding the manner in which...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania DEP Finds No Link Between Hydraulic Fracturing and Methane Contamination

By Armando F. Benincasa, Brian J. Pulito and Thomas J. Sengewalt After a 16-month investigation, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas by WPX Energy, Inc. was not responsible for methane contamination in three private water...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Mechanical Integrity Assessment in Pennsylvania

By Stephen C. Smith Well operators in Pennsylvania must inspect each operating well at least quarterly to ensure it is in compliance with the well construction and operating requirements as required by Pa. Code title 25, § 78.88 . At a minimum, inspections must determine: (1) The well-head...

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania DEP Releases Latest Revisions Of Oil And Gas Rulemaking

By Matthew L. Lambach The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently announced the draft final revisions to the “Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites” rulemaking (Chapters 78 and 78a). Following the most recent round of public...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pa. DEP’s Latest Revisions to Chapter 78a for Unconventional Wells – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s long, drawn out effort to promulgate new rules for oil and gas activities took another turn on August 12, 2015. On a DEP webinar on that day, the DEP announced several significant changes to its latest edition of proposed rules for regulating...