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Monday, February 11, 2013

Special Provisions For Potential Health & Environmental Impacts Apparently Don't Apply To Oil & Gas Operations

Shale permits not on 'trigger list' for extra review in poor areas

By Don Hopey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 The state Department of Environmental Protection has granted hundreds of permits for Marcellus Shale gas development in Pennsylvania's poor and minority communities.

None of those permits for gas wells, wastewater impoundments or compressor stations has triggered intervention by DEP's Office of Environmental Advocate to inform residents of those communities about potential health and environmental impacts from proposed industrial developments.

That's because the state's rapidly proliferating Marcellus Shale gas facilities are not included on the list of "trigger permits" the DEP uses to determine when to provide enhanced notification, information and public participation opportunities in those "environmental justice" communities.

And Holly Cairns, new director of DEP's Office of Environmental Advocate, said there are no plans to change that.

"[Marcellus permit proposals] were not recognized as a trigger permit at the time this program was developed," Ms. Cairns said. "And they're not something that's on the table for consideration at this time."


Anonymous said...

Radon in the air, cancer causing chemicals in the water...what a future we have to look forward to. Watching each other die, our kids too.

Anonymous said...

Read the full article, they're talking about us! For God's sake they are planning on building a frack waste water site in the land where the head of the Allegheny River water bubbles up from the earth as pristine streams! Do you hear this everyone who's life and health depends on the Allegheny River, the Ohio River, the Mississippi?!

Anonymous said...

Why does this SURPRISE anyone ! ? ! ?

Anonymous said...

hey make sure you have your radon alarm in your house... WTF is going on with the world today... Remember water runs down stream.. we be safe here..

Anonymous said...

11:32 what about pine creek, the Susquehanna, the genesee river @ lake Ontario?