Pa. House Committee Moves To Nix Oil And Gas Well Rules

By Dan Packel (May 3, 2016, 11:52 AM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania House committee on Tuesday voted along partisan lines to disapprove controversial new rules governing surface operations at oil and gas wells, an early step in a challenge that may ultimately depend on overriding a veto from Gov. Tom Wolf.

By a 19 to 8 margin, the House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee advanced a resolution to halt implementation of the so-called Chapter 78 and Chapter 78a regulations, which were approved in April by the state's Independent Regulatory Review Commission.

The regulations would largely ban the use of in-ground impoundments for storing drill cuttings and waste fluids, require monthly reporting...

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