At 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, at Troy High School on 150 High Street, Troy, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) will hold a public hearing on proposed regulations for environmental protection performance standards associated with oil and gas activities, according to a news release.

The EQB is a 20-member independent board that adopts all DEP regulations and considers petitions to change regulations.

The proposed regulations address the protection of historic, archaeological, natural, and public water supplies near gas well locations, the identification of orphaned and abandoned wells, requirements for wastewater and waste material containment systems, and additional protections specific to water resources, including secondary containments on all unconventional well sites and spill, response, remediation, and restoration plans for pipeline and well pad construction. To view materials for the proposed regulation, visit and click the "Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations" button.

If possible, EQB requests that those wishing to present verbal testimony at the hearing call 717-787-4526. However, those who are not able to register in advance will be able to sign-up when they arrive at the hearing on Monday night. All relevant written and oral comments that are received at the public hearing will be considered when finalizing the regulation.

Those giving testimony at the hearing will be limited to five minutes. And, if possible, three written copies of the testimony should be presented to the hearing chairperson. Organizations giving testimony are limited to designating one witness to present testimony on their behalf.

Individuals in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the EQB to discuss their needs at 717-787-4526 or make accommodations through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 800-654-5984 (TDD) or 800-654-5988 (voice users).

Residents of Bradford and Tioga Counties who are unable to attend the hearing on Monday have several other options for submitting their comments on the proposed regulations. Online comments can be submitted by accessing the EQB's Online Public Comment System at Written comments can be mailed to Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477. Comments may also be submitted via email to All public comments must be submitted by March 14, 2014.