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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 (environmental protection standards).  The comment period will open this Saturday when the official notice is published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.  Comments will be accepted through February 12, 2014.

During the public comment period, the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) will host seven public hearings across the Commonwealth.  Persons wishing to present testimony at a hearing must contact the EQB at least one week in advance.  In addition to the EQB hearings, DEP will host two informational webinars on Thursday, December 19th from 2:30 – 3:30pm and Friday, January 3rd from 9:30 – 10:30am.  DEP will answer questions about the rulemaking during the webinars.