Thomas D. Gillespie
Professional Geologist, Bethlehem, PA
Tom Gillespie offers an essay on the Pennsylvania DEP and spills, releases, incidents as well as risks and liabilities to oil and gas operators in the Commonwealth.
Your written words are your proxy to the many persons who will go on-line to read your oil and gas reports, work plans and permit applications as a means to ‘keep an eye on’ your operations and your environmental track record. Your words can and will be interpreted in vastly different manners by: regulatory reviewers; by activist groups; by the scrutinizing public; by non-governmental organizations; by insurers; by opposition counsel; and, in the most undesirable case, by the Courts. The latter case typically occurring because your words were not interpreted correctly by one of the foregoing persons or groups; DEP, for instance.