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Pennsylvania is strictly enforcing the regulatory reforms to avert perceived risks

Pennsylvania is strictly enforcing the regulatory reforms to avert perceived risks
The Siliconreview
08 January, 2020

In the state of Pennsylvania, US, the energy industry is gaining significant traction in one of the most overlooked aspects. The Department of Environmental Protection in Pennsylvania is actively implementing the Oil and Gas Act of 2012 for its natural gas storage. Recently the department fined a storage field operator based in Pennsylvania for violation of Section 3234 of Act 13. The operator was fined $650,000 for failing to document the mapping and identification of gas wells in the reservoir area. This is the first instance where the department took action for violating section 3234. The incidents around the storage fields are very rare even though there are almost 400 active underground natural gas storage fields In the United States. Incidents like the Aliso Canyon leak have garnered enough public attention and they are keenly following the storage fields.

 Pennsylvania is known for having an active and large gas storage industry besides that it also has exponential growth in the shale industry. From the mid-2000s in the Pennsylvania State, the natural gas drilling has skyrocketed. Most of the area around the gas drilling is heavily populated and the gas produced from this region is always stored in the commonwealth region. Due to an increase in activity, there is a need for enhancing the regulatory compliance for the perceived risks.