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Allegheny County Considering Proposal to Track Gas Well Air Emissions

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Allegheny County Health Department Air Quality Program subcommittee may conduct a preliminary vote today on whether to require developers to notify them at certain stages of drilling to allow the county to conduct air monitoring.  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association both submitted comments to the proposal and questioned the Health Department’s plan.  Although Allegheny County has special jurisdiction over air quality within its limits, but it is uncertain whether it would allow the county to regulate drilling activities in light of Act 13, which the state enacted last year.

UPDATE: The Tribune-Review reports that the Air Quality Program Regulation subcommittee gave preliminary approval to the proposed rules yesterday.