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Pa. board approves new environmental rules for drillers

The state Environmental Quality Board approved sweeping changes to rules for oil and gas drillers despite objections and concerns raised by several advisory committees and lawmakers.

The board’s members — led by Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley — spent three hours in Harrisburg on Wednesday hearing from DEP staff defending the rules and critics questioning the process, timing and costs.

“If you have two advisory boards that you appointed saying don’t do it, or are lukewarm to this, why are we here?,” asked Sen. Gene Yaw, a Williamsport Republican who chairs the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

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