Bill Promoting Conventional oil Production
27, 2014- Hanson Quickel
Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today (June 25) approved
legislation introduced by Senator Scott Hutchinson that will protect and
promote conventional oil production in Pennsylvania.
Bill 1310, legislation to protect the conventional oil production industry from
state regulations intended for companies extracting Marcellus Shale gas, now
goes to the full Senate for consideration.
conventional oil industry is an important part of the regional economy in
northwestern Pennsylvania – an economy that is already struggling. It cannot
afford to be stymied by excessive and unnecessary regulatory burdens,” said
Bill 1310, would establish the Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council, a
panel empowered to study existing regulations and assist the Department of
Environmental Protection in making changes that better address the differences
between conventional and unconventional oil and gas production.
advances that have allowed for the development of previously inaccessible
formations have necessitated updates and revisions to Pennsylvania’s laws and
regulations governing this new unconventional ‘shale gas’ industry.
Unfortunately, many regulatory and legislative changes did not recognize the
significant differences between conventional and unconventional industries,”
Senator Hutchinson said. “The council created under Senate Bill 1310
would work with the DEP to ensure that the differences between the operations
are taken into account as these regulations and laws are developed and