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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 13, 2015 03:52 PM
From: Senator John T. Yudichak
To: All Senate members
Subject: Legislation to Improve DEP’s Water Quality Testing Program
I am planning to introduce legislation that would amend Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Act (Title 58). The changes were suggested last year in a report by the Auditor General that reviewed the Department of Environmental Protection’s water quality program (“DEPs Performance in Monitoring Potential Impacts to Water Quality from Shale Gas Development, 2009-2012”).

My legislation would do the following:

- give the department more time to conduct its investigation whenever a suspected water contamination incident involves the migration of natural gas;
- require the department to inspect each unconventional well site at least once a year after the well is in production;
- in addition to wastewater fluids, require the department to maintain records on the generation, transportation, and disposal of drill cuttings;
- require the department to publish lists of probable causes of water supply contamination if they are supported by credible evidence; and
- require that well inspection reports include the written comments of the inspector as they relate to the well site.

If you have any questions about the legislation, please contact Richard Fox in my office at 787-7105 or rfox@pasenate.com

Introduced as SB347