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Senate sends SB 297 to Governor Rendell

The Senate has sent SB 297 (Yaw) to the Governor by a vote of 50 to 0. The bill was amended in the House with an "agreed to" amendment that adjusted dates to August 15th in the bill since original dates in the bill were too close to be met.

The bill requires oil and gas well operators to submit a semi-annual report in addition to the existing annual report, removes the five-year confidentiality provision of oil and gas production reports and requires the DEP to post reports on their website.

An amendment adopted in the Senate; reinstates the requirement for non-Marcellus Shale well operators to only report annually, specifies that DEP must only publish well production reports online and directs DEP to use funds from permitting fees to pay for costs incurred under this legislation. Read the bill here.

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