(Pittsburgh) – Clean Water Action applauded the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling today that overturned Act 13, state legislation backed by Gov. Corbett and the oil and gas industry to rewrite state gas drilling rules. The court specifically overturned portions of Act 13 that required municipalities to allow drilling in all zoning districts, including residential areas.
“We opposed the restrictions on municipal zoning rights that Act 13 represented, and we are pleased to see the courts agree that Governor Corbett and our state legislature cannot allow one industry to ignore local laws,” stated Myron Arnowitt, PA State Director for Clean Water Action.
--Action follows filing of federal case by Clean Water Action--
(Pittsburgh) – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) publicly released a proposed consent decree with Waste Treatment Corporation of Warren, PA over the weekend. This proposed settlement by the state came approximately one month after Clean Water Action had filed a federal suit against Waste Treatment Corp. for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.
Clean Water Action’s suit charged that Waste Treatment Corp. was illegally discharging up to 200,000 gallons per day of gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River in Warren, PA. DEP’s proposed consent decree clearly states that Waste Treatment Corp. is harming the water quality and aquatic life of the Allegheny.
Protections for water quality are heading to the chopping block as the NJDEP announced a stakeholder meeting will be held tomorrow on the Water Quality Management Planning Rules. These important rules, which determine where sewers can go, were delayed and rolled back by the Legislature and Governor just last month.