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The Environmental Quality Board (Board) proposes to amend §§?78.1 and 78.19 (relating to definitions; and permit application fee schedule) to read as set forth in Annex A. This proposed rulemaking satisfies the obligation of the Department of Environmental Protection (Department), as specified in §?78.19(f), to provide the Board with an evaluation of the Chapter 78 fees and recommend regulatory changes to address any disparity between Oil and Gas Program (Program) income generated by the fees and the Department’s cost of administering the Program. The proposed rulemaking includes several changes to the structure of oil and gas well permit fees, including establishing increased flat fees for unconventional well permits.

This proposed rulemaking was adopted by the Board at its meeting of July 16, 2013.

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