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DEP weighs shale well site restoration

Many shale gas companies are asking the state Department of Environmental Protection to give them more time to restore a well site after drilling.

Operators that drill in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania are required to restore the well site to as close to its original condition as possible within nine months of completing drilling. But that doesn’t always make sense for their development schedules or for the environment, some operators have argued.

John Poister, a DEP spokesperson, said the department has gotten “a lot” of extension requests from oil and gas companies — an option written into the agency’s latest oil and gas regulations.

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