Clean Water Action also documented cases where violations posing serious environmental and health threats — such as gas wells not being properly cemented and cased — carried virtually no consequences for the environmental lawbreakers.
With state funding for the DEP at historic lows, such enforcement failures are to be expected. This year Gov. Corbett again cut the DEP’s budget, this time by $12.4 million. This represents the fourth year in a row of budget cuts for DEP, totaling $92.7 million or 43% of the agency’s budget. Just a decade ago, Gov. Tom Ridge’s budgets allocated almost three times as much for the DEP.
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The report on DEP enforcement of gas drilling violations is available at www.cleanwater.org/pa