Pennsylvania

PA Chemical Tank Laws Tougher Than West Virginia

The chemical leak at Freedom Industries that left 300,000 people without water in West Virginia brings up questions in other states, like Pennsylvania, about the possibility of other water contamination catastrophes. There have been spills into Pennsylvania waterways before, and regulators say those incidents have led to more strict laws here. Regulators say a spill is less likely here than in West Virginia, but clean water advocates aren't so sure.

On Neville Island, in the Ohio River, a few miles west of downtown Pittsburgh, the eastern end of island is thick with chemical and industrial plants, belching out smoke and steam.
Published Date: 
01/17/2014

Tell Governor Corbett - Stop Working for the Gas Industry

CWARoundButtonBlueTakeAction.pngAt the end of 2013 everyone working to protect our state from dangerous gas drilling received a wonderful gift.  The PA Supreme Court ruled that Act 13 violated our state constitution by preventing local governments from keeping gas drilling out of residential and other areas that need protection. This is a huge defeat for the gas industry’s attempt to be able to drill everywhere in the state, and ignore local zoning laws and ordinances. Make sure Governor Corbett stops working to overturn the ruling - click here.

Corbett Drilling Law Overturned by State Supreme Court

 --Municipalities Urged to Exercise Rights to Protect Residents--

(Pittsburgh) – Clean Water Action applauded the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling today that overturned Act 13, state legislation backed by Gov. Corbett and the oil and gas industry to rewrite state gas drilling rules.  The court specifically overturned portions of Act 13 that required municipalities to allow drilling in all zoning districts, including residential areas.

“We opposed the restrictions on municipal zoning rights that Act 13 represented, and we are pleased to see the courts agree that Governor Corbett and our state legislature cannot allow one industry to ignore local laws,” stated Myron Arnowitt, PA State Director for Clean Water Action.

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12/19/2013 - 14:51

Take Action for Better Protection for the Allegheny River

The Allegheny River belongs to you. It is a source of drinking water and used for swimming, boating, and fishing. We share your commitment to protecting the Allegheny River. That is why we took legal action when we learned that discharges of gas drilling wastewater from Waste Treatment Corporation (WTC) were harming the Allegheny’s water quality and aquatic life. A month after Clean Water Action filed a federal suit against WTC, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is finally taking action.

Unfortunately, DEP's action is not nearly as strong as it needs to be. Click here to tell DEP that we need better protection for the Allegheny today!

Allegheny County dwellers have greater risk of cancer, Pitt study finds

A report prepared for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health finds cancer risk factors for Allegheny County residents are more than twice as high as for residents of surrounding rural areas.

Using the latest National Air Toxics Assessment from the Environmental Protection Agency dating back to 2005, Pitt researchers found air pollution made the risk 20 times greater for those in West Elizabeth and Clairton.

“The residents of Clairton and the Mon Valley always have known these things have been happening,” said Clairton's Lee Lasich, who joined Clean Water Action nine years ago.
Published Date: 
12/02/2013

DEP aims to reduce Waste Treatment Corp.'s discharges into river

A proposed state consent decree would give a Warren County wastewater treatment company with a history of violations two years to stop discharging gas-drilling water containing high levels of pollutants into the Allegheny River.

The state Department of Environmental Protection's proposed settlement would require Waste Treatment Corp. to install additional wastewater treatment mechanisms to remove 99 percent of the pollutants by Jan. 1, 2016, but would allow it to continue its 200,000-gallon-a-day discharges into the river until then.
Published Date: 
11/27/2013

Make a Year End Gift for Clean Water in PennsylvaniaToday!

Clean Water Art WorkWe need action now to secure a clean water future for everyone. I support the goal of fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for Pennsylvania and throughout the country.

Success on many of our top clean water priorities has never been closer - restoring protection for small streams and wetlands, controlling polluted runoff,
reducing toxic pollution that threatens our drinking water, and more - we just need you. This progress, and the positive momentum we're talking about didn’t happen automatically — it happened thanks to Clean Water Action members like you.

U.S. Coast Guard publishes proposed policy on moving frack wastewater by barge

The U.S. Coast Guard, which regulates the country’s waterways, will allow shale gas companies to ship fracking wastewater on the nation’s rivers and lakes under a proposed policy published Wednesday.

The Coast Guard began studying the issue nearly two years ago at the request of its Pittsburgh office, which had inquiries from companies transporting Marcellus Shale wastewater.

If the policy is approved, companies can ship the wastewater in bulk on barges on the nation’s 12,000 miles of waterways, a much cheaper mode than trucks or rail.

The public will have 30 days to comment.
Published Date: 
11/04/2013

Environmental group sues company over waste dumped into Allegheny River

An industrial treatment plant near Allegheny National Forest is dumping illegal amounts of salty, contaminant-laden wastewater from drillers into the Allegheny River in violation of state and federal laws, an environmental group charges in a federal lawsuit.

The state director of Clean Water Action said the group can't say whether Waste Treatment Corp.'s discharges into the river in Warren include wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the process of getting gas from the Marcellus shale.

“From our perspective, we just don't want it in the river,” said Myron Arnowitt, whose group asked a federal judge in the lawsuit filed on Monday to order Waste Treatment to stop discharging and fix any damage done to the river.
Published Date: 
10/29/2013

Federal lawsuit: Plant in Warren discharging drilling waste into Allegheny River

Clean Water Action has filed a federal lawsuit against Waste Treatment Corp., alleging the commercial water treatment facility in Warren is illegally discharging gas drilling wastewater containing high levels of salts, heavy metals and radioactive compounds into the Allegheny River.

The statewide environmental organization, which filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in Erie, said the company has violated its discharge permit limits more than 400 times since 2010.
Published Date: 
10/29/2013
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