THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY MUNDY, BISHOP, BOBACK, CALTAGIRONE, CARROLL, DePASQUALE, DRUCKER, FREEMAN, GEORGE, GOODMAN, GRUCELA, HOUGHTON, JOHNSON, LEVDANSKY, McGEEHAN, McILVAINE SMITH, MELIO, MURPHY, PAYTON, ROSS, SIPTROTH, K. SMITH, STABACK, R. TAYLOR, WAGNER, YOUNGBLOOD, YUDICHAK, HESS AND BRIGGS, AUGUST 5, 2010
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, AUGUST 5, 2010
Amending the act of December 19, 1984 (P.L.1140, No.223),
entitled "An act relating to the development of oil and gas
and coal; imposing duties and powers on the Department of
Environmental Resources; imposing notification requirements
to protect landowners; and providing for definitions, for
various requirements to regulate the drilling and operation
of oil and gas wells, for gas storage reservoirs, for various
reporting requirements, including certain requirements
concerning the operation of coal mines, for well permits, for
well registration, for distance requirements, for well casing
requirements, for safety device requirements, for storage
reservoir obligations, for well bonding requirements, for a
Well Plugging Restricted Revenue Account to enforce oil and
gas well plugging requirements, for the creation of an Oil
and Gas Technical Advisory Board, for oil and gas well
inspections, for enforcement and for penalties," further
providing for well reporting requirements.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 212(a.1) of the act of December 19, 1984
(P.L.1140, No.223), known as the Oil and Gas Act, amended March
22, 2010 (P.L.169, No.15), is amended to read:
Section 212. Well reporting requirements.
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(a.1) Every operator of a well which produces gas from the
Marcellus Shale formation shall file with the department, on a
form provided by the department, a semiannual report specifying
[the amount of production], on the most well-specific basis
available[.], the following information:
(1) The amount of production.
(2) The amount of each type of waste generated by the
(3) Each facility that accepted waste generated by the
well for disposal, treatment or reuse and the amount of each
type of waste accepted by each such facility.
The initial report required under this subsection shall be filed
with the department on or before August 15, 2010, and shall
include production data from the preceding calendar year.
Initial reports shall also specify the status of each well;
however, in subsequent reports, only changes in the status must
be reported. Subsequent semiannual reports shall be filed with
the department on or before February 15 and August 15 of each
year and shall include production data from the preceding
reporting period. The Commonwealth shall have the right to
utilize such information in enforcement proceedings, in making
designations or determinations under section 1927-A of the act
of April 9, 1929 (P.L.177, No.175), known as The Administrative
Code of 1929, or in aggregate form for statistical purposes.
Beginning November 1, 2010, the department shall make the
reports available on its publicly accessible Internet website.
Any costs incurred by the department to comply with the
requirements of this subsection shall be paid out of the fees
collected under section 201(d).
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Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.