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Saturday, March 21, 2009

DEP Head Says Value Of Gas Outweighs Risk Of Polluting Drinking Water

Pennsylvania says natgas drilling risks inevitable

By Jon Hurdle

Reuters

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top environmental official said on Friday that a natural gas drilling boom would inevitably result in some environmental damage including possible contamination of water supplies.

Responding to concerns that drilling in some areas has caused toxic chemicals to pollute drinking water, John Hanger said the value of the gas underlying Pennsylvania and parts of surrounding states outweighed damage drilling may cause.

"You can't do a large amount of drilling and have zero impact," Hanger, acting secretary of the state's Department of Environmental Protection, told Reuters. "There's going to be a lot of good that comes from drilling in Pennsylvania, but there are also going to be some problems." More...

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

I feel real safe now, DEP says.....

Anonymous said...

Is this the same guy who headed up PENN FUTURE?
Sure doesn’t sound like it?
OH! A different pay check now

Anonymous said...

But he IS getting a paycheck thanks to one of the good ole boys!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the commissioners can let their gas committee handle this. Then all they have to do is take a bow! Par for the course.