Pa. County OKs New Air Quality Rules Despite DEP Concerns

Law360, Philadelphia (January 23, 2013, 5:13 PM EST) -- Despite concerns about redundancies raised by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, officials in a western Pennsylvania county gave the preliminary nod to a new set of air quality rules Tuesday that would require fracking companies to provide notification before commencing certain phases of gas well development.

A five-member subcommittee with the Allegheny County Health Department signed off on the rules — which require that drillers notify the county before constructing well pads, drilling, conducting hydraulic fracturing and gas flaring — during a meeting on Tuesday...
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