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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Troutman To Testify At House Democrat Committee Hearing

HDPC to examine DEP accountability of Marcellus Shale environmental testing on Tuesday in Washington, Pa.

WASHINGTON, Pa., Feb. 14 – House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, today announced that the committee will hold a public hearing to look at the state Department of Environmental Protection’s accountability standards regarding environmental testing following natural gas drilling from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Courthouse Square Building at 100 W. Beau St. Washington, PA.
State Rep. Jesse White, D- Allegheny/Beaver/Washington, requested the hearing and will serve as its co-chairman. White recently introduced H.B. 268 that would require DEP to disclose the full testing results, including raw data and documentation, of any environmental tests conducted by the department on a landowner’s or leaseholder’s property in Pennsylvania.
The current hearing agenda is:
  • 2 p.m. – Welcome and opening remarks
  • 2:10 p.m. – Panel One:
    • Kim Staub, resident of Mt. Pleasant Township, Washington County
    • Chris Lauff, resident of Mt. Pleasant Township, Washington County
  • 2:40 p.m. – Judy Armstrong Stiles, resident of Athens Borough, Bradford County
  • 3 p.m. – Panel Two:
    • David Headley, resident of Springhill Township, Fayette County
    • Craig Stevens, resident of Silver Lake Township, Susquehanna County
  • 3:30 p.m. – Nadia Steinzor, eastern program coordinator, Earthworks
  • 3:50 p.m. – Panel Three:
    • Melissa Troutman, outreach coordinator, Mountain Watershed Association
    • Steve Hvozdovich, policy associate, Clean Water Action
    • Erika Staaf, clean water advocate, PennEnvironment
  • 4:30 p.m. – Closing remarks    
The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited.


Joe Bob the Redneck said...

Are any of these people actually QUALIFIED to be testifying against the methods of the DEP?

Anonymous said...

Give 'em hell Melissa!

Anonymous said...

Great job Missy!

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of crap these democrats are pulling! They all should have to pay the bill out of their own pockets (including the self made experts)instead of wasting tax payers money!

Anonymous said...

Wait a second 4:14pm....the PA DEP gets caught committing lies of omission regarding water test results that have real life and death consequences for the people of PA and you call bullshit?

The DEP and Krancer are asked why and we're met with "crickets"?

Take off your partisan poopy hat dude...the PA DEP works for ALL of us. We all pay taxes and we all expect to be honorably served.

Don't you ever ...EVER...forget that.

Anonymous said...

The DEP, is another government agency that puts a strangle hold on persons and companies with high dollar permits and licenses. They have an adgenda, and right now it is against the oil and gas industry.

Anonymous said...

at 9:36:00 PM



DEP has become a rubber stamp. They never met a permit they didn't like.

Anonymous said...

The DEP has never been anything but a bunch of bullys with their hand out! They are a government agency run by wanna bees with the power to bully private people and business. As far as the self proclaimed (experts) testifying yea ok! 8:43 If you think ANY government agency will honorably serve the people you should take off your blinders!

Anonymous said...

Right back at ya 10:43.

It's OUR (citizens and taxpayers) responsibility to hold DEP to account. If we don't, then they will indeed act without regard.

So, stop your whining and get involved. And for God's sake stop bitching at people who are trying to hold the DEP to account.