On November 18, 2010, the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) voted unanimously in favor of imposing more stringent standards on construction of natural gas wells. Some of the key features of the proposed regulations include a provision requiring operators to implement a pressure barrier plan to minimize well control events, a provision requiring operators to condition the wellbore to ensure an adequate bond between the cement, casing and the formation, a requirement for the use of centralizers to ensure casings are properly positioned in the wellbore, and a provision improving the quality of the cement placed in the casing to protect fresh groundwater. In drafting the regulations, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection relied on input and comments from the public solicited as part of a series of public meetings held by the Environmental Quality Board this summer. The new gas well regulations have already been approved by the House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy committees, and must now go before the Office of the Attorney General for final review and approval.