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New Environmental Secretary Hopes To Resurrect Drilling Rules


The new head of the Department of Environmental Protection says he hopes his staff can work quickly to resurrect regulations for the conventional oil and gas industry that got tossed out during the annual state budget negotiations in Harrisburg.

“Obviously, we have a good starting point with the existing reg,” said Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “But we’ll be engaged with industry and other stakeholders to put together the best version we can.”

Watch more from our conversation with McDonnell during his visit to the Pottsville District Mining Office Monday: