Tuesday, October 22, 2013

WVU Professor Recommends Air Quality, Monitoring Regulations For Drilling Activities

The Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary received a presentation at its meeting on Monday, October 21 from Dr. Michael McCawley, Research Assistant Professor at the West Virginia University School of Public Health on his study of “Air, Noise and Light Monitoring Results for Assessing Environmental Impacts of Horizontal Gas Well Drilling Operations.”  Dr. McCawley’s recommendation to the committee was that DEP develop regulatory standards for air quality, noise and lighting, and further that all oil and gas production permits should be required to include provisions for the installation of monitoring equipment to ensure compliance with the standards.  The committee took no action on the presentation and the recommendation.

In addition, the committee discussed the current set-back requirements.  Read more:

Distance buffer for gas drilling not far enough, researcher says
The Charleston Gazette, October 22, 2013