December 22, 2014

PA Studies on Shale-Site Air Emissions Incomplete

Not only did the DEP not calculate the vast majority of chemical hazards, but its determination that public health would not be harmed was not made by anyone with training in medicine, toxicology or environmental or occupational health
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 20, 2014

Three widely cited state … Continue reading

PA DEP Sec. Chris Abruzzo Resigns Amid Lewd Email Scandal

8 Corbett appointees named as having sent or received pornographic emails on state computers
By Susan Phillips, StateImpact, October 2, 2014

From this article: “Abruzzo has no background in environmental issues, having spent much of his career as a criminal prosecutor. Abruzzo’s confirmation as DEP secretary attracted some controversy when Continue reading

PA DEP Admits Drilling Probe Error in Range Inquiry

Tainted-water hearing targets Range inquiry
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 29, 2014

The state Department of Environmental Protection might have used incomplete and inaccurate test information to decide whether chemicals leaking from a Marcellus Shale wastewater impoundment and a drill cuttings pit contaminated a water well and springs in … Continue reading

PA Seeks Applications for Renewable Energy Projects

The PEDA (Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority) grant is seeking applications for renewable energy projects in Pennsylvania.

The deadline to submit an application is 4 pm, Friday, August 15, 2014.

If you are a school, business or community organization within the commonwealth that is considering bioenergy, but aren’t sure what steps … Continue reading

PA: Fracking Waste Tainted Groundwater, Soil at 3 Sites

Leaks of fracking waste water from 3 impoundments in Washington County have contaminated soil and groundwater
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 6, 2014

Leaks of fracking waste water from three impoundments in Washington County have contaminated soil and groundwater, prompting the state to issue a violation notice at one … Continue reading

Audit Blasts PA DEP’s Handling of Gas-Well Industry

“The DEP was underfunded, understaffed, and inconsistent” in its regulation of Marcellus Shale well activity
By Amy Worden, The Inquirer, July 24, 2014

Download the full Report as a pdf.

State environmental officials failed to adequately monitor Pennsylvania’s drinking-water supply and were slow to inform the public about the results … Continue reading

Oil and Gas Well Leaks in PA – A Risk Analysis

Introduction

Casing and cement impairment in oil and gas wells can lead to methane migration into the atmosphere and/or into underground sources of drinking water. An analysis of 75,505 compliance reports for 41,381 conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania drilled from January 1, 2000–December 31, 2012, was … Continue reading

Expert: PA Didn’t Address Fracking Health Impacts

Former health secretary says PA has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of fracking
By Kevin Begos, The Associated Press, July 12, 2014

Pennsylvania’s former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation’s biggest natural gas drilling … Continue reading

Letter of Dr. Paulson to PA-DEP on Fracking Impacts on Children

No evidence to indicate that unconventional natural gas extraction can be implemented with a minimum of risk to human health
By Duane Nichols, Frack Check WV, July 2, 2014

Download the letter as a pdf

To: E. Christopher Abruzzo, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

I am writing in regard … Continue reading

Criminal Charges Filed Against Waste Disposal Company and Owner

Pa DEP says it was unaware of leaking contaminants
By John Beauge, The Patriot-News, June 9, 2014

DCS: This is what goes on everywhere there is drilling – there is no manifesting of the wastes so disposal is on the open market for corruption.

The state Department of Environmental Protection … Continue reading