Gas Drillers Likely To Exceed EPA Regs To Skip Pa. Permit
By Matt Fair
Law360, Philadelphia (August 29, 2013, 6:40 PM ET) -- Natural gas drillers who go above and beyond pending federal emission rules for fracking wells will get a pass from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, according to new rules, and lawyers say most drillers will likely make the bargain to avoid the costs and headaches associated with the state permitting process.
While the changes, which end a nearly 20-year-old practice of granting gas wells a blanket exemption from air quality planning, would force drillers to incorporate emission controls more stringent than pending federal rules require,...