Senators plan to introduce bill to limit Pennsylvania's regulations

Senators plan to introduce bill to limit Pennsylvania's regulations

Senators Scott Wagner (R-York), John DiSanto (R-Dauphin) and Michele Brooks (R-Mercer) will soon introduce a bill to limit regulations in Pennsylvania, known as the “Red Tape Reduction Act.”

Friday, February 2, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Department of Health publishes temporary medical marijuana regulations for dispensaries

Department of Health publishes temporary medical marijuana regulations for dispensaries

Eyeing full implementation of the medical marijuana program authorized under Act 16 of 2016, the Department of Health announced last week that temporary regulations covering medical marijuana dispensaries have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 

“The dispensary temporary regulations outline what is needed in the plan for operation, process for dispensing medical marijuana, security and surveillance requirements at the dispensary, as well as where the dispensary facilities can be located,” said Secretary of Health Karen Murphy. 

Monday, December 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill increasing legislative oversight of regulatory review process inches closer to governor’s desk

Bill increasing legislative oversight of regulatory review process inches closer to governor’s desk

Senate Bill 562, legislation introduced by Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia) that would increase legislative oversight of the regulatory review process, cleared the House State Government Committee along a party-line vote Wednesday after a contentious debate.

The PLS Reporter first covered Senate Bill 562 when the legislation was still at the co-sponsorship stage in January 2015. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Industry complaints abound in ongoing process to update Pennsylvania’s oil and gas regulations

Industry complaints abound in ongoing process to update Pennsylvania’s oil and gas regulations

Despite assertions to the contrary by DEP Sec. John Quigley Wednesday, those from the oil and gas industry say they have both substantive and procedural concerns about the department’s ongoing efforts to revise Chapter 78 and Chapter78a regulations that directly affect oil and gas production.

“We have not gotten substantive comments,” Sec. Quigley said of complaints lodged against the formation of the new regulations. “This agency has done this the right way, we have split the regulations, we have taken into account the distinct needs of the conventional community, we are addressing the larger questions of unconventional of natural gas development.”

He added what the department is proposing in the new regulations is “balanced, incremental, reasonable, and absolutely necessary based upon data and the facts on the ground.”

While he said he understands that no regulated community likes additional regulations, which are likely as the revision process continues, “a plain reading of what we are proposing shows that it is incremental, balanced, and very, very reasonable.”

Those comments were met with a stark reaction from the oil and gas industry, who told The PLS Reporter that they have made complaints—both procedural and substantive—about the updated regulations throughout the revision process.

Thursday, November 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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DEP releases revisions to draft controversial oil and gas regulations

DEP releases revisions to draft controversial oil and gas regulations

Wednesday morning, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it has released its latest draft revisions to the Chapter 78 oil and gas regulations.

The updates to the regulations have been controversial due to concerns over process and substance.

According to the department, the revised draft regulations represent the work of one of the largest public input undertakings in the history of DEP with 30,000 comments received and 12 public hearings held over two different comment periods.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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