THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY BAKER, ARGALL, COSTA, ERICKSON, FOLMER, FONTANA, KASUNIC, ORIE, RAFFERTY, SCARNATI, SCHWANK, WASHINGTON, YUDICHAK AND FARNESE, APRIL 25, 2011
REFERRED TO VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, APRIL 25, 2011
Amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, requiring that the operator of each
permitted gas well within Pennsylvania post certain 911
response information at the entrance to each well site.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Title 35 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes is amended by adding a section to read:
§ 7321. Gas well 911 emergency response information.
The agency and the Department of Environmental Protection
shall adopt emergency regulations directing the operations of
all gas and oil wells within this Commonwealth to do all of the
(1) Adopt a unique GPS coordinate address for each gas
or oil well.
(2) Register that address with the agency, the
Department of Environmental Protection and the local
emergency management organization within the county where the
gas or oil well is located.
(3) Require the development of an emergency response
plan and file that plan with the agency, the Department of
Environmental Protection and the local emergency management
organization with jurisdiction over the gas or oil well.
(4) Post a reflective sign at the entrance to each well
site with the specific address of that site, the coordinates
for the site, the emergency contact number for the operator
and such other information as the agency or the Department of
Environmental Protection deems necessary.
Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.