Pennsylvania agency divides boards to reflect differences in oil and gas operations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is replacing all members of its oil and natural gas advisory board to give it a greater focus on shale drilling, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The newspaper says the department will also create a second board to advise the agency on regulations affecting the traditional drilling industry. The changes reflect a push by traditional drillers and state officials to more clearly separate rules for the conventional industry, with its generally smaller operations and shallower wells, from the larger operations of companies targeting the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. For more, read the full story.