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Pa. Natural Gas Operations to Face New Rules

A Pennsylvania industry task force, comprised of state Department of Environmental Protection and representatives of the natural gas industry, met this month for the first time to develop new rules for controlling wastewater pollution from drilling operations and methods to treat wastewater. They also discussed ways to streamline the permitting process.

The Marcellus Shale natural gas deposit has sparked an oil and gas well drilling boom in Pennsylvania, where more than 4,100 wells were drilled statewide last year. Hundreds of permits for additional well drilling are under review by DEP.

Heavy use of local resources has generated considerable discussion of the new activity, and the Chairman of the state House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Camille

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