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Natural Gas Development Regulations - DRAFT


"Please note that this public rulemaking process must be completed prior to the Commissioners taking any action on the proposed regulations. Such action will be taken at a duly noticed public meeting of the Commission at a future date."

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC or Commission) is proposing a new Article 7 of its Water Quality Regulations to protect the water resources of the Delaware River Basin during the construction and operation of natural gas development projects. This Article applies to all natural gas development projects involving siting, construction, or use of production, exploratory, or other wells in the basin regardless of the target geologic formation, and to water withdrawals, well pad and related activities, and wastewater disposal activities comprising part of, associated with, or serving such projects. The provisions of this Article rely on the state oil and gas regulatory programs of Pennsylvania and New York where separate administration by the Commission would result in unnecessary duplication. This Article supersedes the Executive Director Determinations issued on May 19, 2009, June 14, 2010, and July 23, 2010.

This Article implements the statutory authority that Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and the federal government granted to the Commission in the Delaware River Basin Compact and supplements the Commission's Comprehensive Plan with respect to natural gas development projects within the basin.
 
Comment Period: Closed        Dec 9, 2010 - Apr 15, 2011
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