A bill to revert to old environmental standards for Pennsylvania’s conventional drilling industry advanced in the state House earlier this month, pushing past the state Department of Environmental Protection’s concerns, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

House Bill 2154, a companion to Senate Bill 1088, would be less restrictive than regulations under Pennsylvania’s current Oil and Gas Act and bar the DEP from adopting some stricter proposals the agency has advanced in recent years.

Conventional drilling trade groups believe small, traditional drillers who operate shallower wells were swept up in environmental regulations that were strengthened in 2012 to regulate the industrial-scale operations of drillers targeting the Marcellus Shale.



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