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Pennsylvania regulators say more oil and gas rules are on the horizon

Pennsylvania environmental regulators are making a list of items they want to see in yet another major revision to the state’s oil and gas rules, just as they near the end of a contentious rule-drafting process that will have taken half a decade when it is finished next year.

In a conference call to announce the final package of rules for above-ground oil and gas activities on Aug. 12, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley cast his comments repeatedly toward the future.

“This is not the end of the process,” he said. “There is more study needed on additional measures, and there will be more rule-making in a separate process, to ensure responsible drilling and protection of communities, public health and the environment.”

Regulators gave few firm details about what the coming raft of rules might hold, but they signaled some areas of focus. Mr. Quigley said the agency will release additional information about the potential scope of the next regulatory package, probably between October and December.

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