Wednesday, March 21, 2012

PADEP hosting webinars on Marcellus Shale drilling law

Four online sessions to explain Act 13--the state's new law regulating natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale--are being offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The law, which takes effect April 16, includes increased setbacks from buildings and waterways; limited development in floodplains; and increased time and distance provisions in which gas drillers are presumed liable for water contamination until evidence proves otherwise, among other things, according to the DEP.

It also requires gas drilling companies to register their hydraulic fracturing fluid ingredients with, a website created by the Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission to make such information accessible to the public.

PADEP Act 13 webinar schedule

March 27 - General overview of Act
April 3 - Permitting and notifications
April 10 - Environmental protection and enhancement
April 17- Inspections and enforcement


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The sessions, which will begin at 1 p.m., will be presented live through Cisco WebEx software. There is a maximum of 500 attendees to each session due to technological limitations. DEP will post recordings of the presentations on its website.

For more information and to register for the sessions, visit and click the “Act 13” button on the homepage.

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