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An amendment to Pennsylvania budget enacted by the legislature to separate regulations for unconventional and conventional operators could delay a package of regulatory updates for several months, said Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Chris Abruzzo. DEP has been working since 2011 to update Chapter 78 of the state code (see Shale DailyAug. 29, 2013). Abruzzo told the DEP's Citizens Advisory Committee there would be no major changes to the proposed rules, but the format would be different. The regulations may be implemented in 2016 as scheduled (see Shale DailyMay 13), but it may take more time to separate them.

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