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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-1179



Availability of Technical Guidance

[50 Pa.B. 4459]
[Saturday, August 29, 2020]

 Technical guidance documents (TGD) are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) web site at The ''Technical Guidance Final Documents'' heading is the link to a menu of the various Department bureaus where each bureau's final TGDs are posted. The ''Technical Guidance Draft Documents'' heading is the link to the Department's draft TGDs.

Ordering Paper Copies of Department Technical Guidance

 The Department encourages the use of the Internet to view and download TGDs. When this option is not available, persons can order a paper copy of any of the Department's draft or final TGDs by contacting the Department at (717) 783-8727.

 In addition, bound copies of some of the Department's documents are available as Department publications. Check with the appropriate bureau for more information about the availability of a particular document as a publication.

Changes to TGDs

 Following is the current list of recent changes. Persons who have questions or comments about a particular document should contact the person whose name and phone number are listed with each document.

Draft Technical Guidance; New Guidance

DEP ID: 800-0810-003. Title: Guidelines for Development of Operator Pressure Barrier Policy for Unconven- tional Wells. Description: The purpose of these guidelines is to inform unconventional operators engaged in drilling, hydraulic fracturing, alteration or plugging activities, or other pertinent oil and gas operations; of items to con- sider when developing the Pressure Barrier Policy compo- nent of a Preparedness, Prevention and Contingency plan. Recommendations relevant to maintaining compliance with the requirements of 25 Pa. Code Chapter 78a (relating to unconventional wells) and any additional requirements in The Clean Streams Law (35 P.S. §§ 691.1—691.1001), the Solid Waste Management Act (35 P.S. §§ 6018.101—6018.1003), 58 Pa.C.S. §§ 3201-3274 (relating to development) (2012 Oil and Gas Act) and other applicable laws are summarized. These guidelines have been developed to facilitate appropriate well control incident risk mitigation.

Written Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments on this draft TGD through Monday, September 28, 2020. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. All comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the commenter's name and address. Commenters are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment tool at or by e-mail to Written comments can be mailed to the Technical Guidance Coordinator, Department of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063.

Contact: Questions regarding this TGD can be directed to Harry Wise at or (717) 772-0219.

Effective Date: Upon publication of notice as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-1179. Filed for public inspection August 28, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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