PRIOR PRINTER'S NOS. 1102, 1246, 1391
PRINTER'S NO. 1445
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY BAKER, ARGALL, COSTA, ERICKSON, FOLMER, FONTANA, KASUNIC, ORIE, RAFFERTY, SCARNATI, SCHWANK, WASHINGTON, YUDICHAK, FARNESE, BROWNE AND MENSCH, APRIL 25, 2011
AS AMENDED ON THIRD CONSIDERATION, IN SENATE, JUNE 27, 2011
Amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in Commonwealth services, requiring
that the operator of each permitted unconventional oil and
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. Unconventional oil and gas well 911 emergency response
The (a) Emergency regulations.--The agency and the
Department of Environmental Protection shall adopt emergency
regulations directing the operators of all unconventional gas
and oil wells within this Commonwealth to do all of the
(1) Adopt a unique GPS coordinate address for each
unconventional gas or oil well at both the access road
entrance and wellpad site.
(2) Register that address with the agency, the
Department of Environmental Protection and the county
emergency management organization within the county where the
unconventional 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 county emergency management
organization with jurisdiction over the unconventional gas or
oil well. The county shall disseminate the GPS address and
emergency response plan to the local emergency management
organization in which the unconventional gas or oil well is
(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.
(b) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following
words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
subsection unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Unconventional oil or gas well." A bore hole drilled or
being drilled for the purpose of or to be used for producing oil
or gas from a geological formation existing below the base of
the Elk Sandstone or its geologic equivalent stratigraphic
interval where oil or gas generally cannot be produced at
economic flow rates or in economic volumes except by vertical or
horizontal well bores stimulated by hydraulic fracture
treatments or by using multilateral well bores or other
techniques to expose more of the formation of the well bore.
Section 2. Regulations promulgated under 35 Pa.C.S. § 7321
shall apply to both new and existing unconventional gas and oil
wells within this Commonwealth.
Section 3. This act shall take effect immediately.