MSC Statement on DEP’s Chapter 78 Action

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement regarding the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Chapter 78 action today:

“Pennsylvania is already well-recognized for having among the nation’s strongest and most effective environmental and enforcement standards, which the industry has worked hard to modernize. Unfortunately, DEP failed to consult with the industry regarding its comprehensive comments, as well as to better understand the cost of compliance with this rulemaking as they had done with the initial proposal in 2013.

“As reflected in our comments, this rule making will cost Pennsylvania job creators nearly $2 billion annually without providing meaningful environmental benefits.

“We have worked in good-faith to provide constructive comments on this proposed rule.  We stand ready to work collaboratively with DEP and the General Assembly to advance common-sense policies that work for all Pennsylvanians.”

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