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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 12-838


Implementation of Settlement Agreement

[42 Pa.B. 2537]
[Saturday, May 12, 2012]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is issuing this notice under a Stipulation of Settlement made between Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Inc., the Delaware Riverkeeper, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, James R. Wilson, Jonathan B. Gordon, Thomas Cooney and Michael Cooney and the Department, signed by the parties on February 10, 2012, in Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Inc. et al. v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection and Newfield Appalachia, LLC, EHB Doc. No. 2010-102-M.

 A person proposing oil and gas activities, as that term is defined in 25 Pa. Code § 102.1 (relating to definitions), must demonstrate compliance with antidegradation regulations under 25 Pa. Code Chapter 93 (relating to water quality standards), prior to the commencement of any earth disturbance activities where: 1) there will be between 1 and 5 acres of earth disturbance over the life of the project; 2) under 58 Pa.C.S. § 3211(a) (relating to well permits), the project requires a well permit to drill a well targeting an unconventional formation as defined in 25 Pa. Code § 78.1 (relating to definitions); and 3) the project is located in a watershed that has a designated or existing use of High Quality of Exceptional Value under 25 Pa. Code Chapter 93.

 In the Stipulation of Settlement, the Department agreed to provide public notice of the previous requirement and incorporate it in applicable well permits on or before May 13, 2012.

 More information can be found on the Department's web site at, select Oil and Gas, then select Industry Resources and select Informational Resources.

 Inquiries regarding this notice should be directed to Kurt Klapkowski, Director, Bureau of Oil and Gas Planning and Program Management, Office of Oil and Gas Management, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, P. O. Box 8765, Harrisburg, PA 17101.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 12-838. Filed for public inspection May 11, 2012, 9:00 a.m.]

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