PA Auditor Cites Flaws In Gas Drilling Regulation

HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a performance audit critical of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s regulation of the natural gas industry. The audit hits the DEP for failing to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens. In a cover letter to Gov. Tom Corbett, DePasquale says the DEP is underfunded, understaffed, and lacks the infrastructure to meet the demands it faces amid the fast-growing industry. In a written response included in the report, DEP Secretary Christopher Abruzzo notes that the audit covers a four-year period ending in 2012. He says many of DePasquale’s recommended reforms have been implemented or are currently under consideration.

EUGENE DEPASQUALE

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