Marcellus Shale Air Inventory:
In answer to a question about the Marcellus Shale air emissioninventory DEP is working on, Secretary Krancer said it will yield important data about the natureand extent of emissions related to the industry.This issue was also addressed in Secretary Krancer's written opening statement (below).
Uniform State vs. Local Regulation:
Asked whether the limits on local regulation of MarcellusShale drilling would be replicated for other industries, Secretary Krancer said he had no way to predict whether it will be expanded to other industries.He noted a similar concept was appliedto farming.
Marcellus Well Inventory:
In response to a question about a newspaper report that 495Marcellus wells were not in the DEP database, Secretary Krancer said DEP is working on itsdata management system which is always an issue.He said the agency does not make decisions based on newspaper articles.This issue was also addressed in Secretary Krancer's written opening statement (below).
Encourage Natural Gas Use:
Secretary Krancer agreed there should be more end use of naturalgas and its byproducts, but decisions about its use should be left up to the market to decide.
DRBC Drilling Regulation:
Secretary Krancer said he does not know when the Delaware River Basin Commission will finalize its drilling regulations.He said it should have been done lastyear.He noted other states have reduced their funding to DRBC by 70 percent (Delaware) whenPennsylvania only reduced it by 5 percent.
Drinking Water Well Standards:
In response to a question about the need to set drinking water well construction standards, Secretary Krancer said the Center for Rural Pennsylvaniadocumented the many issues with private water wells and that DEP has testified infavor of legislationsetting water well standards.
Permit Review Times/Consistency:
The reorganizationof the agency last year was aimed in part at making improvements in the consistency of permit reviews between regions SecretaryKrancer said.He also said an enforcement and permit process review in the agency founddifferent ways of doing the same things and those are in the process of being corrected.He said permit processing time depends on the quality of the applications coming in thedoor.Applicants need to give the department a good product to work with, said SecretaryKrancer.He also noted the agency is developing an e-permitting application process for certain programs.This issue was also addressed in Secretary Krancer's written opening statement (below).
Hazardous Sites Cleanup:
Secretary Krancer said with the phase out of the Capital Stock andFranchise Tax there will need to be a conversation on how to fund the Hazardous Sites CleanupFund, although the new Marcellus impact fee does provide some funding for the program.
Flood Recovery Funding:
Secretary Krancer said the cuts to the flood control and stormwater funding line items will not have a bearing on funding projects related to last year's flood damage.