Mike Krancer, director of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) who often sparred with federal regulators, state legislators and environmental groups, will resign 15 April 2013 according to a 22 March 2013 report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Krancer will rejoin his former law firm, Blank Rome LLP, an international law and lobbying firm that has clients in the natural gas industry, as a partner in its Philadelphia office and will chair the firm’s energy, petrochemical and natural resources practice.
Kathryn Klaber, chief executive officer of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry lobbying organization, said Mr. Krancer’s regulatory approach has emphasized “constructiveness and pragmatism” to good effect. “Under his leadership, Pennsylvania has implemented world-class regulatory requirements for the industry, and responsible natural gas production has soared, resulting in more local jobs, cleaner air and strengthened American energy security,” Ms. Klaber said.Critics point out that just two months after he was appointed, Krancer required department field inspectors and regional directors to get approval from his office before issuing Marcellus Shale drilling permits, enforcing regulations or issuing violation notices.Staffers internally criticized the policy, and a DEP administrator had to send an apology to regional directors for the “significant confusion and consternation” it caused.
What this means to you
Pennsylvania’s DEP will be seeking new leadership that will impact activities regarding natural gas exploration, transmission and distribution in the Marcellus Shale region of that state.
MIRATECH can help
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