House members cave to well-funded industry lobbyists, as appeals from Pennsylvanians and conservationists are ignored
Harrisburg, PA— A bill that threatens clean water by eliminating protections for certain streams with streamside buffers – the trees and vegetation that grow along stream banks – has passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The bill will be considered by the Senate, where it awaits a very uncertain future owing to a much stronger buffers bill, S.B. 1465 by Senator Rafferty.
Settlement prohibits unconventional wastewater, reduces discharge and protects Allegheny River
(Pittsburgh) – Clean Water Action and Waste Treatment Corporation (WTC) of Warren, PA agreed upon a settlement today of a federal lawsuit filed by Clean Water Action in October 2013. Clean Water Action alleged in its lawsuit that WTC violated the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and the state Clean Streams Law through their continued discharge of up to 200,000 gallons per day of gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River in western Pennsylvania.
Clean Water Action looked at how the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection did in 2011 for enforcing environmental rules on Marcellus Shale gas drilling companies. Despite over one thousand violations, 9 out of 10 gas companies got off without paying a fine.
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Only a few years ago, Clean Water Action and our allies scored a big win when Pennsylvania established rules for streamside buffers in our most precious streams. Now, lawmakers are caving to well-funded industry lobbyists to take it all away. Don't let them!
Agency’s response to Auditor General neglects to address water contamination issues from natural gas drilling
Harrisburg, PA – Environmental and citizen organizations sent Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary, Chris Abruzzo a letter today challenging the agency’s response to issues raised in Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s DEP Performance Audit, released on July 22nd. The audit identified serious flaws in the DEP’s oil and gas monitoring and enforcement programs.