PA DEP Secretary Quigley Resigns

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced on Friday that he accepted the resignation of John Quigley as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.  The Governor thanked Mr. Quigley for his service to the commonwealth and stated that, effe(…)

PADEP Releases Final Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force Report

On February 18, 2016, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Secretary John Quigley held a press conference to announce the release of the final Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force (PITF) Report.  Secretary Quigley state(…)

Administrative Watch: Pennsylvania Methane Reduction Strategy Expected to Transform Air Program for Oil and Natural Gas Sector

On January 19, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced a sweeping new regulatory strategy for reducing methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations in the Commonwealth.  Methane, the(…)

Pennsylvania DEP Announces Chapter 78 Comment Period, Webinars and EQB Public Hearing Schedule

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a press release to announce the opening of the public comment period for its long-awaited proposal to revise the oil and gas regulations at 25 Pa. Code Chapter 78 (environment(…)

Pennsylvania Senate Confirms Two Nominees to Lead Environmental Agencies

Earlier this week, the Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously confirmed Ellen Ferretti as Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and in a 42-8 vote, also confirmed Chris Abruzzo as Secretary of the Department of Environm(…)

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Delays Release of Studies on Natural Gas Drilling

The Charleston Gazette recently reported that two of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection studies addressing natural gas drilling concerns will not be released by the deadline established in the Horizontal Well Act of 2011.  DEP Se(…)

PA State Senator to Introduce Public Notification and Access to Information Act for Gas Pipeline Projects

As indicated in this article from January 29th, Andy Dinniman, state senator for Pennsylvania’s 19th Senatorial District, planned to introduce the Public Notification and Access to Information Act this week.  Reportedly, the Act would require the post(…)