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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 18-1563



Availability of Final Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit-3 for Earth Disturbance Associated with Oil and Gas Exploration, Production, Processing or Treatment Operations or Transmission Facilities (ESCGP-3)

[48 Pa.B. 6458]
[Saturday, October 6, 2018]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) by this notice is publishing as final the Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit-3 (ESCGP-3) for Earth Disturbance Associated with Oil and Gas Exploration, Production, Processing or Treatment Operations or Transmission Facilities. This general permit is issued under the authority of 25 Pa. Code § 102.5(m) (relating to permit requirements) as well as The Clean Streams Law (35 P.S. §§ 691.1—691.1001), 58 Pa.C.S. §§ 3201—3274 (relating to development) and sections 1905-A, 1917-A and 1920-A of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. §§ 510-5, 510-17 and 510-20). This general permit will be effective October 6, 2018, and will expire on October 6, 2023.

 Oil and gas activities conducted in compliance with 25 Pa. Code Chapter 102 (relating to erosion and sediment control), including activities conducted under ESCGP-3, comply with water quality standards in this Commonwealth.

 The Department published at 48 Pa.B. 4176 (July 14, 2018) the availability of the proposed revisions to ESCGP-3 for public review and comment. The Department prepared a Comment and Response Document that summarizes the comments submitted to the Department from 19 individuals and organizations during the 30-day public comment period.

 The Department will continue to accept applications for ESCGP-2 until October 15, 2018. Due to the expiration of ESCGP-2, the Department must act on all Notices of Intent (NOI) submitted for coverage under ESCGP-2 by December 29, 2018. Additionally, any project that was authorized for coverage under ESCGP-2 prior to this date will have coverage administratively extended under the terms and conditions of ESCGP-2 for the remainder of the time period of the original coverage.

 When warranted due to project characteristics, including Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-regulated pipelines, the Department will publish notice of receipt of NOI for coverage in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and provide a public comment period. The Department will publish notice of every approval of coverage under the ESCGP-3 in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 A copy of the final ESCGP-3 permit with related documents, including the Comment and Response Document, is available by contacting the Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Oil and Gas Management, P.O. Box 8460, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8460, (717) 772-2199. The documents are also available on the Department's web site at (select ''Permit and Authorization Packages,'' then ''Oil and Gas,'' then ''Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit ESCGP-3'').

 Questions about the final ESCGP-3 should be directed to Joseph Kelly, Chief, Division of Well Development and Surface Activities, at or (717) 772-2199.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 18-1563. Filed for public inspection October 5, 2018, 9:00 a.m.]

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