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05/20/2024 02:41 PM
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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: April 10, 2023 03:57 PM
From: Representative Greg Vitali
To: All House members
Subject: Conventional Oil and Gas Well Bonding
 
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to amend Title 58 (Oil & Gas) to restore the authority of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to adjust bonding amounts for conventional oil and gas wells.  The General Assembly removed this authority last session.

There are as many as 200,000 orphaned and abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania.  These wells can leak methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) and contaminate ground and surface water. One reason for the abandonment wells of has been the low bonding amounts drillers are required to post. The DEP and EQB should have the authority to adjust bond amounts to more accurately reflect the actual costs of plugging.
 
Please join me in cosponsoring this important legislation.

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Introduced as HB962