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Testimony in Support of the Shallow, Conventional Oil and Gas Producers —
In Opposition to Pennsylvania's Proposed Oil and Gas Surface Activities Regulations
Before the Environmental Quality Board,
Warren, Pennsylvania,
February 2014

This is a group of selected statements to Pennsylvania's Environmental Quality Board in support of the conventional oil and gas producers and drillers, explaining why the state's Department of Environmental Protection's proposed changes to chapter 78 oil and gas surface activities regulations, which were drafted in response to the development of the deep, large-scale Marcellus Shale oil and gas wells, but are not appropriate to be applied to the shallow, conventional oil and gas producers and drillers with their small scale operations and should not be applied to them.

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  • Michael J. Miller, Petroleum Engineer and Licensed Professional Engineer, Senior Vice President, Cardno, Ltd., speaking as a concerned individual
    Mike Miller worked in conventional oil drilling and production operations in McKean County, Pennsylvania and Cattaraugus County, N. Y. After college, he taught high school math and science, then obtained a graduate degree in petroleum engineering. He has worked for 33 years in the petroleum industry which includes also extensive experience as an environmental consultant, including for spill cleanup, degasification of a coal mine, and even The Nature Conservancy's spill prevention for drilling on its properties.
    Based on his experience, which also includes work in the numerous conventional oil and gas, Marcellus Shale, and Utica Shale projects in Pennsylvania and adjacent areas of Ohio and West Virginia, including the Warren County where the meeting was held, he stated
    "I believe that bringing Pennsylvania's conventional oil and gas industry under the same regulatory requirements as the unconventional shale industry is both illogical and counter to the economic best interests of the Commonwealth." He explained the stark differences between the two types of oil and gas extraction.
  • Molly Popiel Lindahl - A long history in the Pennsylvania Crude industry
    Molly Lindahl's family was involved in the Pennsylvania Oil Field from the time her great grandfather was employed by South Penn Oil in West Virginia at the turn of the twentieth century to her thirty years working for the Kendall brand name as secretary, lab technician and purchaser of laboratory supplies, then as an employee and volunteer for the Bradford Landmark Society where she became more aware of the importance of Pennsylvania-grade crude.
  • John T. Williams, Four Generations of Production of Crude Oil
    John T. Williams grew up in the oil field and always enjoyed the unique culture and history of the oil patch. After four generations of production of oil in the Pennsylvania oil field, the family ceased operation because they "could not contend with the ever increasing regulations." If draconian regulations end or significantly hurt the oil production in the region, the operation of the refineries will cease and he will lose his royalty because of the lack of an oil market.
  • Mark Cline, Cline Oil, and member of the Board of Directors of Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers
    In 2012 there were 7,280 operators of conventional oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania. In 2011 Pennsylvania's conventional oil and gas industry produced 2,270,500 barrels of oil and 249,323,980 mcf of natural gas. A 2008 study determined that the Pennsylvania conventional oil and gas industry supported more than 26,000 jobs and generated over $7 Billion yearly, with an additional $200 million in annual royalty payments to land owners.
    The new regulations were written exclusively for the Marcellus industry but are being applied to the conventional wells. It is apparent from Mr. Cline's detailed comments that if the regulations are passed as written, they will destroy the conventional industry.
    (The following was not offered as testimony, but was a report by Mark Cline on his meeting with Governor Corbett.) Report

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