Pittsburgh – 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.
One of the biggest concerns with fracking for natural gas is its threat to our drinking water. All too often, the public has been left in the dark about these risks We expect our state officials, especially at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), to let us know when the public’s water supplies have been contaminated and work to help families who can no longer rely on their water. DEP has to step up. Send a message to Governor Corbett and state leaders today - click here!
Here’s a fact: Gas drilling operations and pristine forests don’t go together. Help us protect the Loyalsock State Forest from drilling!
Thanks to their preservation, Pennsylvania state forests like Loyalsock are recreational gems. The Loyalsock State Forest consists of more than 100,000 acres of pristine wilderness. All of that is being threatened as Loyalsock is considered as a site for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling. Allowing drilling to occur in Loyalsock would fragment the forest, leaving miles of clearings for new roads, pipelines and drill pads.