Well done, Pennsylvania:
Just a week after repealing a policy requiring an environmental assessment of Marcellus Shale gas well permit proposals in state parks, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced it is suspending and reconsidering key air pollution controls governing the drilling industry.
The latest policy changes, detailed in today’s Pennsylvania Bulletin where official state actions are listed, would eliminate a December guideline that regulates emissions from all well operations in a region together, which could result in stricter pollution controls than if the wells are regulated individually.
For those of you keeping track, the new wingnut Governor in PA earlier suspended regulations regarding the dumping of gas drilling wastewater into rivers and streams and has suspended the regulation of air pollutants. I’m sure I’m just being hyperbolic and there is actually a very well known free market solution that is rooted in Hayekian principles to address the regulation of private polluters while the public regulatory arm unilaterally disarms. I’ll have to check with Reason magazine, or maybe Sullivan has found a new Mitch Daniels policy that would address this.
Up next- Governor Corbett informs Pennsylvanians that the DEP and gas companies will personally visit every home in PA and shit on your living room floor, kick your dog, and pour Benzene in your soda.