Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection chief defends regulation of Marcellus Shale drillingBy DONALD GILLILAND, The Patriot-News
The state Department of Environmental Protection announced last week it is investigating a new instance — this one in Bradford County — of natural gas suddenly appearing in people’s water wells after Marcellus Shale drilling nearby.
This time the gas is bubbling up out of the Susquehanna River, too. It’s called “gas migration.”
It’s not new, and it’s not exclusive to Marcellus drilling. It can happen with various kinds of land disturbance, when shallow gas underground is afforded a route to the surface.
DEP Secretary John Hanger discusses what his agency is doing to regulate Marcellus Shale drilling, why natural gas is better than other fossil fuels and whether or not Pennsylvania’s water is in danger.
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