The Marcellus Shale Coalition expressed its support for Pennsylvania's plan to hire inspectors under the Department of Environmental Protection's oil and gas program, and urged the Commonwealth to continue developing a predictable structure for its Marcellus Shale regulations.
"The Marcellus Shale Coalition has consistently supported the hiring of additional DEP staff to monitor natural gas wells in the commonwealth, as reflected in its proactive endorsement of permit fee increases in 2009 to add and train new inspectors," said President and Executive Director Kathryn Klaber. "Our support continues with today's announcement of an additional 68 DEP staff dedicated to the oil and gas program. This sustainable approach is working and will help to ensure the continued responsible development of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania."
Klaber noted that the members of the MSC are committed to applying the industry's best management practices to all aspects of their operations to protect the environment and manage the state's water resources wisely. "The Governor has suggested new regulations that are currently existing, or supported and recommended by the MSC as part of the industry's best management practices approach," she said. Pennsylvania has one of the most rigorous oil and gas regulatory programs in the country, and the industry has worked with DEP to ensure the provisions of the Oil and Gas Act remain up to date and protective of the environment.
The MSC noted that the characterization of some recent industry issues required clarification, including the following:
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