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Thousands Ask for Stricter Drilling Rules
This April, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released changes to its 2014 proposed oil and gas regulation revisions. Though DEPs latest proposals follow tens of thousands of comments from the public, advocates, issue experts and industry and reflect some improvement, Clean Water Action believes further changes are still needed.
For example, DEP would continue to allow open pits for storing gas drilling wastes. While open pits on well sites would now be banned, industry would still be allowed to use huge off-site pits, each serving multiple wells — pits as large as two football fields and holding 15 million gallons of toxic wastewater. Read more
Right now, cities across the country do not have the proper resources or training to deal with emergencies related to an oil train derailment. In response, FEMA has stepped in to conduct worst case scenario drills in places like Jersey City, NJ and La Crosse, WI. The Jersey City drill revealed 87 people would be killed instantly and residents would sustain injuries up to three quarters of a mile away!
The water the gas industry already uses for fracking is a toxic cocktail laced with chemicals. Despite this, Pennsylvania is actually considering legislation that would make fracking even more dangerous and less regulated.
SB 875 encourages the use of acid mine drainage (AMD) for fracking operations. AMD is polluted water that flows out of abandoned coal mines. More than 4,000 miles of streams in PA are already polluted by AMD. To make matters worse, very little research is available on how coal mine water reacts with chemicals used in fracking. What information there is exposes several problems that can result from the use of mine water. AMD for fracking is a bad idea. Help us stop this bill today!
Unfortunately, the bill passed the House and is now going to the Senate. Please email your state senator and the governor today and tell them to oppose this dangerous legislation.
Combating air pollution in Allegheny County, organizing with residents in the municipalities across the Ohio River to reduce the pollution coming from Neville Island and ensure that industry is being a "good neighbor is just some of our work to make air cleaner in Allegheny County.Find out more at the Bucket Bridgade.