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Development Regulations

Chapter 32 of the Act relates to the development of oil and gas resources (exploration and drilling functions). The goals of the chapter are to:

  • Permit optimal development of resources and the protection of the health, safety, environment and property of citizens.
  • Protect the safety of personnel and facilities employed in resource development.
  • Protect the safety and property rights of persons residing in areas where resource development occurs.
  • Protect the natural resources, environmental rights and values secured by the Pennsylvania Constitution.

Major Changes to Existing Law
Chapter 32 strengthens and creates new development standards for the industry. Below is a summary of those changes. For more information, one should refer to the Act or click a link under the Change column to go directly to that section of the Act.

Section Title Change
3203
Definitions
3211
Well Permits
3212.1
Comments by Municipalities and Storage Operators
3215
Well Location Restrictions
3216
Well Site Restoration
3218
Protection of Water Supplies
3218.1
Notification to Public Water Systems
3218.2
Containment for Unconventional Wells
3218.3
Transportation Records Regarding Wastewater
3218.4
Corrosion Control Requirements
3218.5
Gathering Lines
3219.1
Well Control Emergency Response
3222
Well Reporting Requirements
3222.1
Well Reporting Requirements
3225
Bonding
3227
Air Contaminant Emissions
3253
Enforcement Orders
3254.1
Well Control Emergency Response Cost Recovery
3256
Criminal Penalties
3256
Civil Penalties
3258
Inspection and Production of Materials, Witnesses, Depositions and Rights of Entry
3262
Inspection Reports