• New Policy to Address Spills and Releases from Oil and Gas Wells and Related Operations
  • November 24, 2011 | Authors: Kevin J. Garber; Jean M. Mosites; Joseph K. Reinhart
  • Law Firm: Babst Calland - Pittsburgh Office
  • The Bureau of Oil and Gas Management (BOGM), within the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, has drafted a new policy, Addressing Spills and Releases from Oil and Gas Wells and Related Operations (Policy). The Policy is notable because it provides guidance regarding the manner in which the BOGM intends to evaluate remediation activities at oil and natural gas well sites pursuant to the Pennsylvania Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act (Act 2). While the Policy has not been published as final guidance or opened for comments, the Department has already begun implementing the Policy on a case-by-case basis across the Marcellus Shale region.