Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Recommendations Get Corbett's Approval.

By On October 5, 2011 1:24 pm


“As a part of this proposal, Corbett announced a series of prudent standards
related to unconventional drilling, including:

  • Increasing the well setback distance from private water wells from the
    current 200 feet to 500 feet, and to 1,000 feet from public water systems;
  • Increasing the setback distance for wells near streams, rivers, ponds and
    other bodies of water from 100 feet to 300 feet;
  • Increasing well bonding from $2,000 up to $10,000;
  • Increasing blanket well bonds from $25,000 up to $250,000;
  • Expanding an unconventional gas operator’s “presumed liability” for
    impairing water quality from 1,000 feet to 2,500 feet from a gas well, and
    extending the duration of presumed liability from 6 months after well completion
    to 12 months;

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