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.
Our state legislators betrayed their oath to preserve the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment when they voted to reopen our state forests and open our state parks for natural gas leasing as part of the budget.
No one has a deeper understanding of the importance of clean water and an ethic of stewardship for our land, water and the rest of the natural world on which we all depend than the farmers that I have met.
On Monday July 7, Tom Hoffman from Clean Water Action in Pittsburgh and Khari Mosley from the National Blue Green Alliance were interviewed by Charles Showalter, host of the Union Edge: Labor's Talk Radio Show.
Tom and Khari talked about the importance of supporting the new EPA guidelines that would restore protections to the drinking water for 63% of Pennsylvanians. Hear the interview in its entirety here:
Pittsburgh - Today, the Pittsburgh City Council stood up for clean water and all Pittsburghers and unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to protect clean water. EPA's proposal would clarify which small streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action commends the Council and thanks Councilmen Dan Gilman and Corey O'Connor for introducing the resolution (find the text of the resolution here).