Tighter environmental rules proposed by state regulators would hurt Pennsylvania’s oil and gas producers, industry officials said Wednesday.
Environmentalists argue the proposed rules don’t go far enough.
More than 100 people gathered at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington for a public hearing on the state’s comprehensive overhaul of drilling laws.
The state Department of Environmental Protection last month released its latest draft, which it plans to finalize by spring 2016.
The revisions would add protective steps that companies must take if they want to drill near a school, playground or wetland. The rules would require more testing and monitoring of wells, increase noise regulation around shale sites and clarify rules on restoring water supplies fouled by gas wells.