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DEP Makes Marcellus Shale Production Data Available to Public

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has made production data for Marcellus Shale natural gas wells in the state available on their website.  Under Act 15 of 2010, Marcellus operators are required to report their well production totals from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.  This act overturned previous provisions in the Oil and Gas Act that required production data to be kept confidential for five years.

John Hanger, secretary of DEP, says that by making this information available to the public “a much-criticized layer of secrecy” is removed and the public and government now have “unprecedented access to this information.”

Even though the companies were required to submit the data to the state by August 15, 2010, 18 of the state’s 74 Marcellus Shale operators have not yet complied. Hanger said the department will pursue “whatever enforcement action is necessary to ensure compliance with the law.”

If you or a loved one has been harmed by Marcellus Shale drilling, talk to an attorney who is experienced in Marcellus Gas drilling issues. The attorneys at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys represent victims who have been injured through no fault of their own, including those who have suffered personal injury and those who have been harmed through the loss of enjoyment of their property. Contact us by submitting a free online claim evaluation.

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