Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced it will be updating the way it handles erosion and sediment control permits. The permit is needed for any oil and gas operations disturbing more than five acres of earth. The process will change in response to a recent audit that found an expedited process established in 2012 was being used for applications that do not qualify. The expedited process was intended to have limited applicability, and its overuse has been bogging down qualified applicants. The agency says it will create clearer standards, improve training, and began regular evaluations of the program. It seems the key goal will be to ensure that only high-quality applications are submitted and considered through the expedited process.
Despite these challenges, many analysts expect an increase in natural gas prices and production in 2017. If you are looking to expand your operations, Cimmaron Land can help you secure the acreage you need.