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Jersey Shore, PA 17740
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Hon. Garth Everett
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Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
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Public Hearing on Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations to be Held in Williamsport Jan 13, Says Everett
1/8/2014
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) will conduct one of a series of public hearings regarding a proposed regulation for environmental protection performance standards associated with oil and gas activities in Williamsport on Monday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m., Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) said today.

“The DEP is reaching out for the public to be involved in the oil and gas regulation process, which will implement key provisions of Act 13 of 2012,” said Everett. “The Williamsport hearing is vital as this region is a strong oil and gas producer. I urge all interested residents to participate in one of the various forms of offering opinions on the proposed regulations.”

The proposed regulation implements key provisions of Act 13 of 2012, including further consideration of impacts to public resources, such as parks and wildlife areas; spill prevention; waste management; and the restoration of well sites after drilling.

Additionally, Everett said the regulation also deals with the implementation of standards affecting the construction of gathering lines and temporary pipelines, and includes provisions for identifying and monitoring abandoned wells close to proposed well sites.

There are various ways for residents to offer comments.

The public hearing will be held at the Pennsylvania College of Technology Klump Academic Center, One College Avenue in Williamsport. People wishing to present verbal testimony at the hearing are requested to contact the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to reserve a time by calling the EQB at 717-787-4526. All relevant written and oral comments that are received at a public hearing will be considered when finalizing the regulation.

Witnesses are limited to five minutes of testimony and are requested to bring three written copies of their testimony to the hearing chairperson. Organizations are limited to designating one witness to present testimony on their behalf at each hearing.

Individuals in need of accommodations, as outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act, should contact the EQB to discuss their needs at 717-787-4526 or make accommodations through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 800-654-5984 (TDD) or 800-654-5988 (voice users).

Everett said comments can also be submitted online, by email or regular mail. Additional details are listed below:

Online Comments:
Residents are invited to submit comments to the EQB regarding the proposed rulemaking by Feb. 12. Along with their comments, they can submit a one-page summary of their comments to the EQB by accessing its Online Public Comment System at http://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/RegComments.

Written Comments:
Written comments and summaries should be mailed to Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477.

The summaries and a formal comment and response document will be distributed to the EQB and available publicly prior to the meeting when the final rulemaking will be considered.

Email Comments:
Residents can also submit comments to RegComments@pa.gov before Feb. 12. If an acknowledgement of comments submitted online or by email is not received by the sender within two business days, the comments should be re-sent to the EQB to ensure receipt.

To view materials for the proposed regulation, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click the “Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations” button.

Rep. Garth D. Everett
84th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(570) 546-2084
(717) 787-5270
Contact: Raymond Smith
rsmith@pahousegop.com  
(717) 7051834
Member Site: RepEverett.com
Caucus Site: PAHouseGOP.com
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