Oil, Gas Group Sues To Block Pa. Drilling Site Rules

Law360, Philadelphia (March 25, 2016, 5:20 PM EDT) -- Pending rules governing surface operations at oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania fail to abide by state law requiring separate regulatory packages for hydraulic fracturing operations and conventional drillers, an industry group claimed in a lawsuit filed on Thursday.

The Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers Association filed suit in Commonwealth Court claiming that the state’s well site regulations were being promulgated in defiance of state law requiring separate rules for conventional and unconventional drillers, and would leave them saddled with costly and unreasonable new requirements.

“The predictable result of this unlawful commingling of rules governing conventional and unconventional operators is a final-form...

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