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Public Hearing on Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations Postponed in Wyoming County

WILKES-BARRE -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that a public hearing to accept testimony on proposed oil and gas regulations, scheduled for today at 6 p.m. at the Tunkhannock High School in Wyoming County, has been postponed due to the high school closing for weather conditions.

The hearing has been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 27, at the same time and location.

The hearing is being held by the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) for the purpose of accepting comments on a proposed regulation for environmental protection performance standards associated with oil and gas activities. The EQB is a 20-member independent board that adopts all DEP regulations and considers petitions to change regulations.

Members of the public who are unable to attend the hearing will have several other options for submitting their comments on the proposed regulations.

Online Comments
Comments and a one-page summary may be submitted to EQB by accessing the EQB’s Online Public Comment System at

Written Comments
Written comments and summaries should be mailed to Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477.

The summaries and a formal comment and response document will be distributed to the EQB and available publicly prior to the meeting when the final rulemaking will be considered.

Email Comments
Comments may also be submitted via e-mail to [email protected]. If an acknowledgement of comments submitted online or by email is not received by the sender within two business days, the comments should be re-sent to the EQB to ensure receipt.

All public comments must be submitted to the EQB regarding the proposed rulemaking by Feb. 12, 2014.

To view materials for the proposed regulation, visit and click the “Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations” button.
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