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Allegheny County Health Department Recommends 24-Hour Notice of Drilling

On March 6, 2013, the Allegheny County Health Department unanimously passed a recommendation that would require unconventional shale gas operators to notify the Department 24 hours prior to drilling a well, WTAE-TV reports. As previously reported, the Department has been contemplating the implementation of notification requirements for unconventional shale gas operators for some time. The 24-hour notification requirement is consistent with the many notification requirements for operators to make to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in compliance with Act 13 of 2012. The recommendation must still be approved by both the Allegheny County Council and county executive Rich Fitzgerald before becoming effective.