Pennsylvania

Grassroots Effort Working To Fight Fracking In Allegheny County Parks

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There’s 12,000 acres in nine Allegheny County parks that 11 million people visit each year.

“We escape there to experience nature, to show our kids the gems of our community, to hike and run and bike and recreate, and we cannot put this at risk,” said Erica Stafford, of Penn Environment.

So, the Protect Our Parks organization has been created to fight fracking in or under the county parks.

“There is no proposal to drill in the Allegheny County parks,” said Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald says the only discussion is to allow drilling on private land to come underneath Deer Lakes Park horizontally way beneath the surface.
Published Date: 
08/20/2013

How the Fracking Boom Could Lead to a Housing Bust

When it comes to the real estate market in Bradford County, Pennsylvnia, where 62,600 residents live above the Marcellus Shale, nothing is black and white, says Bob Benjamin, a local broker and certified appraiser. There aren’t exactly "fifty shades of grey," he says, but residential mortgage lending here is an especially murky situation.

When Benjamin fills out an appraisal for a lender, he has to note if there is a fracked well or an impoundment lake on or near the property. "I’m having to explain a lot of things when I give the appraisal to the lender," he says. "They are asking questions about the well quite often."
Published Date: 
08/19/2013

Welcome Back: Area organizations debate plans for updating sewers

Some local environmental organizations say that Pittsburgh’s sewer system, which combines the sewage and stormwater tunnels, is outdated. Although the system is used to ensure sanitation, it can no longer handle the city’s sewage in a way that prevents pollution.

“Right now if you flush your toilet it goes straight into the river,” Tom Hoffman, an environmental activist, said during an interview that took place soon after heavy rainfall.
Published Date: 
08/19/2013

Groups Score Victory in Fracking Wastewater Fight

Harrisburg, PA--(ENEWSPF)--August 7, 2013.  If not for the effort of Clean Water Action and Earthjustice, a wastewater treatment plant in southwestern Pennsylvania might have spent each day of the past three years dumping up to 500,000 gallons of untreated natural gas drilling wastewater into the Monongahela River.

Instead, the plant has not discharged a drop of waste into the Monongahela River, a drinking water source for 350,000 people. And under a new permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the plant will not be allowed to discharge anything, unless it proves it can comply with the law and treat all of the contaminants in fracking wastewater.
Published Date: 
08/08/2013

Time for CLEANER!

Did you know under current federal law, oil and natural gas companies don’t have to test their waste to see if it is toxic? This means you don’t know what is being disposed of and how it is being treated. In 1980, The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was amended to exempt waste from the production and development of oil and natural gas. The task of regulating disposal of these wastes is currently left to states, with mixed results. Take action to demand change today!

It’s time we held oil and natural gas companies to the same standards as other industries.

DOE study: Fracking chemicals didn’t taint water

PITTSBURGH – A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing conducted at a Greene County well pad shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a Western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told the Associated Press.

After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used in “fracking” to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water, geologist Richard Hammack said.
Published Date: 
07/19/2013

Environmentalists Say Oil and Gas Waste Water Still Discharged into Allegheny River

Clean Water Action says the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental of Protection continues to allow oil and gas waste water to be discharged into the Allegheny River.

The environmental group says Waste Treatment Corporation is dumping high levels of chloride, bromide, lithium, strontium, radium-226, and radium-228 into the river without a current permit.

Clean Water Action director Myron Arnowitt says the plant’s discharge of 200,000 gallons of wastewater a day is putting more than 125,000 pounds of salt into the Allegheny River every day. Arnowitt says his organization has taken steps to sue the Waste Treatment Corporation.
Published Date: 
07/19/2013

Power Plant Water Pollution Press Releases

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Legal Action Announced Against Wastewater Plant to Stop Illegal Discharges of Drilling Wastewater

Toxic and radioactive contaminants found to be harming Allegheny River

WTC1 - smaller.jpgPittsburgh – Clean Water Action announced today that is has filed a legal notice against Waste Treatment Corporation (WTC) for their illegal discharge of oil and gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River in Warren, PA.  The Notice of Intent was filed under the citizen suit provisions of the Clean Water Act, charging the company with violations of the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and the state Clean Streams Law.  Responsible agencies including the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were notified of the legal action as well

“The state’s own study found that Waste Treatment Corporation is damaging the Allegheny River, yet still no action has been taken to stop this contamination.  We could wait no longer for help from the state or EPA.  We filed this case so that companies discharging gas drilling wastewater into our rivers know this practice must end,” stated Myron Arnowitt, PA State Director for Clean Water Action.

Published On: 
07/18/2013 - 06:04

Analysis: Fracking water's dirty little secret - recycling


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The oil and gas industry is finding that less is more in the push to recycle water used in hydraulic fracturing. Slightly dirty water, it seems, does just as good a job as crystal clear when it comes to making an oil or gas well work.

Exploration and production companies are under pressure to reduce the amount of freshwater used in dry areas like Texas and to cut the high costs of hauling millions of barrels of water to oil and gas wells and later to underground disposal wells.
Published Date: 
07/15/2013
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