PA: Criticism of DEP’s Well Inspection Proposal

Posted October 28, 2014 at 9:04am

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “the Department of Environmental Protection is proposing a new policy to standardize the way it handles oil and gas well site inspections, enforcement actions and complaints that drilling has damaged water supplies.”  

“Some of the provisions might give people ‘heartburn,’ a DEP official said.”  

“The proposal lowers expectations for how frequently well sites will be inspected and requires, rather than requests, drilling companies to temporarily replace potentially disrupted water supplies within the radius of their wells where the law presumes the company is to blame.”