Online information sessions will be held this week by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regarding the implementation of Act 13.
Act 13 was signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett this year and will further protect the environment as well as tighten the regulations on the natural gas drilling industry.
The DEP will be hosting four 1-hour sessions in order to educate people on this law. The first session is scheduled to be held on March 27th and gives a general overview of what the act is, different environmental provisions, and any changes that may occur due to the act being put in place.
The following sessions are scheduled thereafter and will cover the noted items:
- April 3rd – Focuses on how the permitting process has changed.
- April 10th – Focuses on increased setback distances from the wells to buildings and streams, containment and control measures if there is a spill, and new hydraulic fracturing fluid disclosure provisions.
- April 17th – Examines inspections and enforcement, including stronger penalties that the DEP can impose as a result of the new law.
The online sessions are open to everyone including environmental groups, government officials, and the general public. If you would like to know more about the industry, these sessions would be a key educational tool.
If you cannot attend the sessions for any reason, they will be posted on the DEP’s website after the webinars.