17 Feb '12, 10pm

EPA taking the right approach in investigating oil and gas pollution

There is a recent report that EPA is conducting a "multi-media" investigation into the environmental impacts from Marcellus Shale operations in Washington County, Pennsylvania. The agency is looking for environmental damage that violates federal regulations. I've visited natural gas operations in Washington County. The county is home to almost 700 Marcellus Shale wells and at least 11 compressor stations. Given the recent news from PennEnvironment that oil and gas companies violated the law 3,355 times between 2008 and 2011 in Pennsylvania, it's safe to assume that some of these operations in Washington County have not been in complete compliance with all applicable rules. By "multi-media," the agency means they are investigating impacts from air, water and hazardous materials impacts. This approach makes enormous sense. Oil and gas production operations are extremely comp...

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