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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 17, 2017 12:21 PM
From: Senator John T. Yudichak
To: All Senate members
Subject: Reintroduction of Legislation – Improvements to DEP’s Water Quality Testing Program

I will soon reintroduce legislation (SB 347) to amend Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Act (Title 58) with changes suggested in a report by the Auditor General regarding the Department of Environmental Protection’s water quality program (DEP’s Performance in Monitoring Potential Impacts to Water Quality from Shale Gas Development, 2009-2012).

Specifically, my legislation seeks to:
  • 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.

I hope you will join me in sponsoring this important bill. If you have any questions, please contact my office at 787-7105.

Previous co-sponsors include: Costa, Farnese, Fontana, Hughes and Tartaglione

Introduced as SB392