Jul. 08, 2022

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania has more than 200,000 abandoned oil and gas wells, and legislation authored by state Rep. Mike Armanini (R-Clearfield/Elk) which would address that problem has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.

“My bill keeps essential programs in place and goes hand in hand with other bills which should allow us to significantly pare down that number,” said Armanini. “I’d like to thank my colleagues in the General Assembly for advancing this much-needed legislation to the governor’s desk.”

House Bill 1780, now Act 34 of 2022, extends to Dec. 31, 2027, the Underground Storage Tank Environmental Cleanup and The Underground Storage Tank Pollution Prevention programs, both of which expired June 30, 2022. These efforts protect surface waterways and soil from releases of regulated substances from underground tanks. 

“This paves the way for legislation such as House Bill 2644, which appropriates federal money for well plugging; and House Bill 2528, which would allow Pennsylvania companies to bid on oil and gas well plugging contracts,” Armanini added. “We’ve become very lax when it comes to taking on this environmental issue, and the bills I’ve mentioned would encourage a more responsible approach to the problem.” 

Questions about this or any legislative issue may be directed to Armanini’s DuBois office at 1-814-375-4688 or his St Marys office at 1-814-781-6301.

Representative Michael Armanini
75th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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