--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.
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.
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.