Oil and gas operations have damaged Pennsylvania water supplies 209 times since the end of 2007, according to official determinations compiled by the Department of Environmental Protection that the agency is preparing to release for the first time.
State environmental regulators are planning to post the information on DEP’s website this month, but an early version of the spreadsheet was provided to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in response to an open records request.
The spreadsheet lists the 209 affected water supplies by county, municipality and the date regulators concluded that activities related to oil or gas extraction were to blame for contaminating or diminishing the flow to a water source.
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.
By Brooks Mountcastle, Eastern Pennsylvania Director, Clean Water Action
Testifying at Tuesday's state Environmental Quality Board hearing in Pittsburgh, Rachel Martin Golman of Squirrel Hill said Pennsylvania's proposal for controlling power plant air emissions is so weak it is "unconscionable."
It was the kindest thing said by any of the 15 people testifying at the first of three public hearings against the power plant emissions rule proposed by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
"This rule would allow coal-burning power plants to emit pollution 40 percent higher than they are already emitting and nine times higher than what they can already achieve," Ms. Golman said. "It's letting the power plants off the hook."