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Briefs -- Bakken Open Season | Pennsylvania Regulations

Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. and Bridger Pipeline LLC, two systems within the Casper, WY-based True Cos. portfolio, are holding an open season through Nov. 9 to offer crude oil transport from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota's Dunn and McKenzie counties to the Belle Fourche Guernsey Hub in Wyoming. Belle Fourche Pipeline gathers and transports oil from western North Dakota and the Powder River Basin of Wyoming, while Bridger owns and operates systems in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. For details, contact Robert Stamp or call (307) 266-0345.

It's official: an overhaul of environmental regulations for shale gas drillers was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletinand went into effect on Saturday.The thick package of regulations is designed to reduce impacts on public resources, such as schools and parks, help prevent spills, strengthen waste management and require stronger well site restorations. The implementation follows approval by the Environmental Quality Board, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and the state Attorney General's office (see Shale Daily, Aug. 15). It took more than five years for the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to draft the regulations. Along the way there were legal battles and legislative fights that saw rules for legacy producers scrapped (see Shale Daily, Sept. 2; June 15). DEP has been instructed to restart the process for writing those. DEP officials have said many of the new regulations simply codify existing agency policies and require some practices that are already being employed by the state's shale drillers (see Shale Daily, Sept. 23). The new regulations can be viewed on the Pennsylvania Bulletin website.

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