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The name of this Advisory Board shall be the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board.


ARTICLE II. Authorization.

This Advisory Board is authorized under Section 216 of the Oil and Gas Act (Act 223 of 1984).



The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection shall consult with the Advisory Board in the formulation, drafting and presentation stages of all regulations of a technical nature promulgated under the Oil and Gas Act and the Advisory Board shall be given a reasonable opportunity to review and comment on all regulations of a technical nature prior to submission to the Environmental Quality Board.


ARTICLE IV. Advisory Board Membership.

The Advisory Board shall consist of five members, all of whom shall be chosen by the Governor and shall be residents of Pennsylvania. Three members shall be either petroleum engineers, petroleum geologists or experienced driller representatives of the oil and gas industry with three years of experience in Pennsylvania. One member shall be a mining engineer from the coal industry with three years of experience in Pennsylvania. One member shall be a geologist or petroleum engineer with three years of experience in Pennsylvania, who shall be chosen from a list of three names submitted by the Citizens Advisory Council to the Governor and who shall sit as a representative of the public interest.


A. Subcommittees.

Subcommittees may be formed to address specific technical issues, at the direction of the Advisory Board. A subcommittee will include one member of the Advisory Board, who shall act as Chair of the Subcommittee. Other members of the Subcommittee shall be individuals deemed by the Advisory Board to possess technical competence in the specific subject area and asked to serve on the Subcommittee by the Chair of that Subcommittee. Instructions to the Subcommittee from the Advisory Board shall include a definition of the specific technical subject involved, the issues in question and direction as to the type and due date for reports.


ARTICLE V. Officers.

The members of the Advisory Board shall select a Chair, by majority vote. The term of the Chair shall be two years.


A. Absence of the Chair.

In the absence of the duly elected Chair at an Advisory Board meeting, the Advisory Board members present shall select an acting Chair, by majority vote.



Each member of the Advisory Board shall be entitled to exercise one vote in each matter placed before the Advisory Board for which a vote is called for. Decisions of the Advisory Board shall be by vote of the majority. Votes must be made by the member; voting will not be done in absentia, by proxy or by stand-in representatives. However, in the event that the position of the Advisory Board must be determined and a meeting can not reasonably be rescheduled, members may participate in the meeting and vote by telephone conference call.


A. Quorum.

Four Advisory Board members shall constitute a quorum. A quorum must be present to conduct any Advisory Board business requiring a vote.


ARTICLE VII. Meetings.

The Advisory Board shall meet upon the call of the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, but not less than semiannually. Meetings may be called by the Chair as deemed appropriate by at least three members of the Advisory Board.


A. Meeting Participation.

The Advisory Board meetings shall be open to the public. The Advisory Board may receive and/or solicit input from those in attendance at the meetings and/or by written submission from the public desiring to bring matters to the attention of the Advisory Board. Should a member of the public wish to place a substantive issue before the Advisory Board for formal discussion at a meeting, that individual or organization shall advise the Chair of the Advisory Board, in writing, of the issue sufficiently in advance of the meeting so that it can be considered for placing on that meeting agenda. It shall be solely at the discretion of the Advisory Board to determine if matters placed before it by the public lie within its authority and are germane for discussion.

ARTICLE VIII. DEP Administration.

The Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Oil & Gas Management, shall provide program and administrative support to the Advisory Board. Program support shall include framing of issues for the Advisory Board, providing necessary information for Advisory Board discussions, assist with the development of agendas and meeting schedules and providing input into nominees for the Advisory Board. Administrative support shall include transcribing, mailing and maintaining a permanent record of meeting minutes, mailing agendas and materials to Advisory Board members prior to meetings, posting agendas, handouts and meeting minutes on the DEP World Wide Web site and the review and approval of travel and subsistence expenses.


ARTICLE IX. Amendment of Bylaws.

These Bylaws may be amended, repealed or altered in whole or in part by a majority vote of the whole Advisory Board, provided that a copy of the proposed amendment shall be mailed to each member of the Advisory Board at least one month prior to the date of the meeting.


ARTICLE X. Issues not covered by the Bylaws.

Substantive matters that are not covered by the Bylaws shall be addressed by the Advisory Board for a determination of how they will be handled. Meeting procedure shall be according to Robert’s Rules of Order.