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Office of Oil and Gas Management

Effective January 10, 2019, inquiries and correspondence regarding new permit applications, reporting, and compliance matters related to sites in Armstrong and Indiana Counties should be directed to DEP's Northwest Regional Office. Questions on permit applications under review as of January 9, 2019, and pending enforcement matters for Armstrong and Indiana Counties should be directed to DEP's Southwest Regional Office. Inquiries can also be directed to RA-epcontactus@pa.gov.

Mining and Radiation Protection permits and programs are not affected by this regional office change. 

  
  • The Oil and Gas News Line is a periodic email newsletter containing revised, updated or new information from the DEP Office of Oil and Gas Planning and Program Management. This newsletter will be emailed to oil and gas operators who have a registered email account with the DEP Office of Oil and Gas. Please sign up here if you would like to receive periodic email notifications from the Oil and Gas News Line. If you do not wish to receive the emails, an "Unsubscribe" link is available at the bottom of the email. 
  • DEP publishes farmline map series on website: As part of focused outreach and the development of publicly shared resources relating to legacy wells, DEP’s Bureau of Oil and Gas Planning and Program Management recently published a farmline map series on its Abandoned and Orphan Well Program website. The term farmline map generally refers to any historic, hand drawn oil and gas well location map. Most historic information related to early oil and gas development in Pennsylvania is sourced from such maps and they may be useful as a historic informational resource for those interested in specific areas of oil and gas development. 
  • Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit (ESCGP-3) Transition Plan published in PA Bulletin on July 11, 2020
    In an effort to further enhance Oil & Gas’ commitment towards the continued improvements to administrative efficiencies and public transparencies, DEP published an important ESCGP-3 update in the July 11, 2020, PA Bulletin. Specifically, New and/or Major Modification Notices of Intent (NOI) for coverage to conduct activities under the Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit-3 (ESCGP-3) for Earth Disturbance Associated with Oil and Gas Exploration, Production, Processing or Treatment Operations or Transmission Facilities to the Department’s Bureau of District Oil and Gas Operations must submit those NOIs through the Department’s ePermitting system as the NOI form provided by the Department. See 25 Pa. Code §§ 102.1, 102.6. The Department’s use of the ePermitting system as the form for these NOIs will be effective September 9, 2020. After this date, the Department will no longer accept New and/or Major Modification NOIs submitted on paper. Click here to learn more.
  • Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) Approves Final Form Rulemaking Regarding Unconventional Well Drilling Permit Fee: On June 18, 2020, IRRC unanimously approved (5 members in favor, no members opposed) the DEP final form rulemaking to increase the unconventional well drilling permit fee. Subsequently, the Attorney General approved the final rulemaking and this final-form rulemaking will becomes effective upon the final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, August 1, 2020. Click here to learn more.
  • Availability of Technical Guidance with Publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on August 8, 2020Policy for the Replacement or Restoration of Private Water Supplies Impacted by Unconventional Operations (DEP ID: 800-0810-002) (Final Guidance; substantive revisions) This document provides guidance to well operators for ensuring compliance with legal restoration and replacement of private water supplies adversely impacted by  unconventional gas operations. The Department published interim final guidance on October 8, 2016 (46 Pa.B. 6392). 100 Individual comments were received from six commenters during the 60-day comment period. The Department continued to solicit feedback from its Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board after publication through February 2018. In response to the comments received, several editorial and substantive changes were made to the final document. Click here to review the Final Guidance Document in its entirety.

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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is not involved in regulating lease agreements between mineral property owners and producers. Lease agreements are contractual matters between private parties. DEP does not audit payments, read or calibrate meters or tanks, or otherwise get involved in lease matters.