“In at least one instance, the bill would roll back measures that were included in the first oil and gas law from 1984: It would erase a requirement that before issuing a drilling permit DEP must consider a well’s impact on public resources, like publicly owned parks and historical sites. The proposed bill would replace that rule with a limited review that applies only to habitats of federally or state-listed threatened or endangered species.
“The bill would allow operators to spill up to 210 gallons of oil or 630 gallons of production brine at a well site without needing to report it to the department unless it poses ‘an immediate threat.’ The current standard for reporting spilled oil or brine is 5 gallons.
“It would allow conventional drillers that have polluted or diminished a drinking water supply to restore it to less than state clean drinking water standards if it was worse than those standards before the damage — a weaker restoration requirement than shale drillers have to meet.”
FULL STORY published May 1, 2018 via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette