The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that it will host online information sessions on implementing Act 13, which Governor Tom Corbett signed into law in February to further protect the environment and place more stringent regulations on the natural gas drilling industry.
“Act 13 reaffirms our strong commitment to safe, responsible, environmentally sensitive and transparent natural gas development here in Pennsylvania,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “Our intent with these sessions is to explain the law and answer whatever questions people may have.”
Act 13’s environmental provisions for unconventional gas operations, which take effect April 16, include increased setbacks from buildings and waterways; limited development in floodplains; and increased time and distance provisions in which gas drillers are presumed liable for water contamination until evidence proves otherwise, among other things.
DEP will offer four one-hour sessions and registration is required for each webinar, which will run from 1 to 2 p.m. and will be limited to the first 500 participants.
Webinar dates, topics and registration links are as follows:
- Tuesday, March 27 – Act 13 General Overview
- Tuesday, April 3 – Act 13 Permitting and Notifications
- Tuesday, April 10 – Act 13 Environmental Protections and Enhancements
- Tuesday, April 17 – Act 13 Inspection and Enforcement
Operators must also register their hydraulic fracturing fluid ingredients with FracFocus, a website created by the Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission to make such information accessible to the public. DEP will post recordings of the presentations on its website. For more information, please click HERE.
Source: PA DEP, Ground Water Protection Council
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