PRINTER'S NO. 2053
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY SCARNATI, HUTCHINSON, YAW, ERICKSON, WARD, EICHELBERGER, VULAKOVICH, VOGEL, MENSCH, ALLOWAY, WHITE, ARGALL, ROBBINS, FOLMER, WOZNIAK, FONTANA AND COSTA, MAY 22, 2014
REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, MAY 22, 2014
6Section 1. Short title.
9Section 2. Legislative findings and declarations.
10The General Assembly finds and declares as follows:
11(1) The conventional oil and gas industry has had a
12benign impact on human health and the environment in this
13Commonwealth since the former act of December 19, 1984
14(P.L.1140, No.223), known as the Oil and Gas Act, was
3(3) Regulations for the conventional oil and gas
4industry must permit the optimal development of oil and gas
5resources of this Commonwealth, protect the health, safety,
6environment and property of the citizens of this Commonwealth
7and not unreasonably hamper the ability of this Commonwealth
8to compete effectively with other states.
12(5) The regulations promulgated by the Environmental
13Quality Board under 58 Pa.C.S. and other laws of this
14Commonwealth relating to conventional oil and gas wells or
15unconventional gas wells should differentiate between
16conventional oil and gas wells and unconventional gas wells.
17Section 3. Definitions.
21"Conventional oil and gas well." A bore hole drilled for the
22purpose of producing oil or gas from a conventional formation.
23Irrespective of technology or design, the term includes any of
25(1) A well drilled to produce oil.
1(4) A well drilled to produce natural gas from shale
2formations located below the base of the Elk Group where
3natural gas can be produced at economic flow rates or in
4economic volumes without the use of vertical or nonvertical
5well bores stimulated by hydraulic fracture treatments or by
6using multilateral well bores or other techniques to expose
7more of the formation to the well bore.
11"Unconventional formation." A geological shale formation
12existing below the base of the Elk Sandstone or its geologic
13stratigraphic equivalent where natural gas generally cannot be
14produced at economic flow rates or in economical volumes except
15by vertical or horizontal well bores stimulated by hydraulic
16fracture treatments or by using multilateral well bores or other
17techniques to expose more of the formation to the well bore.
20Section 4. Oil and gas well regulations.
21(a) General rule.--Regulations promulgated by the
22Environmental Quality Board under 58 Pa.C.S. (relating to oil
23and gas) or other laws of this Commonwealth relating to
24conventional oil and gas wells or unconventional gas wells shall
25differentiate between conventional oil and gas wells and
26unconventional gas wells.
30Section 5. Applicability.
3Section 6. Effective date.
4This act shall take effect immediately.