Residents can participate in a number of ways, including attending the public hearings and submitting comments to the EQB. For more information visit the DEP's Public Participation Center or review the regulations under the Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations at www.depweb.state.pa.us.
To participate in public hearings, residents are required to contact the EQB at least one week in advance of the hearing to reserve a time. They can call 717-787-4526 or write Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477. Witnesses are limited to five minutes of testimony and are requested to submit three written copies of their testimony at the hearing. Organizations are limited to designating one witness to present testimony on their behalf at each hearing. Individuals in need of accommodations provided in the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the EQB to discuss their needs or make accommodations through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 800-654-5984 (TDD) or 800-654-5988 for voice users.
Online comments and a one-page summary of their comments can be submitted to the EQB by March 14 by visiting Online Public Comment System at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/RegComments.
Written comments and summaries should be mailed to the Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477. The summaries and formal comment and response document will be distributed to the EQB and available publicly prior to the meeting when the final rule making will be considered.
Email comments can be submitted to RegComments@pa.gov and must be received on or before March 14. The DEP says if senders do not receive an acknowledgment of submitted comments online or by email within two business days, the comments should be re-sent to the EQB.
To view materials for the proposed regulation, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click the "Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations" button.