Wolf’s Environmental Chief Questioned on Gas Tax, New Drilling Rules

  • Acting DEP Secretary John Quigley took questions from lawmakers at a House budget hearing Wednesday. Photo: Marie Cusick/StateImpact Pennsylvania

March 11, 2015
By Marie Cusick

Governor Wolf’s pick to head the state Department of Environmental Protection spent much of Wednesday afternoon defending the new administration’s proposed gas drilling policies at a state House budget hearing in Harrisburg.

John Maher (R- Allegheny) began by questioning acting DEP Secretary John Quigley about why the administration quickly disbanded the agency’s Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board (TAB).

Shortly after dismissing the board, the agency issued new, more stringent draft regulations for the oil and gas industry. A newly formed TAB is scheduled to meet next week to review the changes for Marcellus drillers. Maher asked Quigley who the TAB members are and questioned whether they’d have enough time to review the rules.

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