|Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint)|
“Rep. Causer has done outstanding work related to the conventional oil and gas industry in the Commonwealth,” Turzai said. “His knowledge and experience will play an important role in shoring up the future of this 150-year-old industry that is a cornerstone of the rural economy.”
The council was created in Act 52 of 2016, a law which also halted implementation of regulations that threatened to force many conventional oil and gas operations out of business. In an effort to prevent that from happening again, the council was created to advise and assist the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with any future regulatory changes.
“One thing that became abundantly clear during the regulatory process of the last four years is the significant lack of understanding among bureaucrats at DEP about the vast differences between the conventional and unconventional oil and gas drilling process,” Causer said. “The advisory council will be very beneficial toward building a better understanding and ensuring any future regulations are reasonable and relevant to the conventional industry.
“As the representative for an area that relies heavily on the jobs created by this industry, I very much appreciate the opportunity to serve on the council and look forward to working together to ensure the future of Penn Grade Crude,” he added.
In addition to assisting with regulatory issues, the council will also develop a plan to increase production of Pennsylvania grade crude oil to more adequately supply refineries, such as ARG, which depend upon the high-quality oil. It will also look at ways to promote the long-term viability of the conventional oil and gas industry.
The council will be made up of 17 members, including representatives of conventional oil and gas associations, refineries of Pennsylvania grade crude oil and the secretaries of DEP and the state Department of Community and Economic Development.