Monthly Archives: March 2015

PA DEP Reproposes Rules for Oil and Gas Wells – Industry Concerns Increase

As was previously noted on this blog site, the PA Department of Environmental Protection embarked on an effort several years ago to revise its Chapter 78 rules pertaining to the permitting and environmental issues associated with oil and gas operations. These proposed rules were published for comment in December, 2013. While the need for some… Read More »

ORSANCO Notice of Public Hearing

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission will hold a public hearing on April 14, 2015, in part to solicit comments on changing the prohibition of mixing zones for bioaccumulative chemicals of concern (BCCs), or in the alternative, eliminating it altogether. The hearing will be held at the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport, 1717 Airport Exchange… Read More »

WV Senate Sends a Note to WVDEP in Rule Approval

The WV Legislature is working through its review of rules presented to it for approval.  Among the WVDEP rules up for legislative review is that which addressed the water quality standards rule (47 CSR 2).  In the amended rule WVDEP has presented to the Legislative Rulemaking Review Committee is a change that would require application… Read More »

Federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Plans to Revise Current Blasting Regulations to Prohibit Visible Nitrogen Oxide Clouds

WildEarth Guardians has petitioned the Federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) to revise the current surface mining blasting regulations to prohibit visible nitrogen oxide clouds during aboveground blasting at coal mining operations. The OSM responded to the petition by publishing in the Federal Register on February 20, 2015 that they will initiate… Read More »

Ongoing Political and Legal Developments Impact Marcellus Operations in PA

While some jurisdictions (Maryland, New Jersey; municipalities in California and Colorado) are still considering whether to permit or ban hydraulic fracturing, operators in Pennsylvania need not be too concerned about a statewide moratorium anytime soon. However, operators should be aware of ongoing political and legal developments that may impact their bottom line. 

New PA DEP Well Transfer and Status Change Procedures Detailed

The Pennsylvania DEP has developed new instructions for handling oil and gas well transfers and status and ownership changes. DEP is asking operators that as they update their well inventories that they be aware of these requirements when they submit information back to the appropriate DEP district office. The instructions summarized here are in a… Read More »

Ohio EPA Seeks Early Stakeholder Input on Sulfur Dioxide Rules

Ohio EPA is seeking early stakeholder input[1] on potential amendments to Ohio’s sulfur dioxide regulations as part of the five-year rule review process mandated by ORC §119.032. The rules, which are found at Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3745-18, contain requirements for the prevention of sulfur dioxide emissions into the atmosphere from fuel burning and process equipment.… Read More »