Posts Tagged ‘DEP’

We were only kidding

Gov: Drilling violations didn’t need OK from top –

This is grown up stuff, Mr. Corbett.  Get your act together and quit playing to your hack contributors.  You represent all of us.


Sad, so sad


Texas Company Pays $208,625 in Settlements for Polluting Creeks in Clearfield County |

The fines collected for the pollution of these streams is being used to purchase limestone to mitigate effects of pollution on other streams from coal mining!

What a sick circle of life death for our streams!

1 regulator for every 167 square miles

March 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Governor Corbet’s budget introduced no severance tax on the gas industry.  And it did not increase DEP staff charged with overseeing said industry.  So, let’s see …

The Marcellus Shale underlies approximately 75 percent of the state (Pennsylvania).  Pennsylvania’s land mass comprises approximately 45,000 square miles.  With some basic math, let’s say Pennsylvania has 33,750 Marcellus square miles.  That equals 167 square miles per regulator.  Or with a more common unit, one square mile equals 640 acres.  That leaves us with one regulator for every 106,930 acres.   Sounds about right.

Irradiated PA Rivers

March 8, 2011 Leave a comment

PADEP has issued a statement on radiation testing of PA rivers.  It’s quite low on specifics.  What the article fails to include or at least reference:

  1. What were the actual results?  And is there a baseline number – are there historical results of such tests, for comparison?
  2. Was the testing performed at a time when gas effluent would have been expected to be “flushed”?  Obviously, it’s not a 24/7 operation.
  3. Further, the article should explain the relatively small number of wells fracked, versus permitted, in many of the river watersheds mentioned.

Fortunately, the EPA is monitoring the situation and requesting additonal sampling:

Despite the results of Pennsylvania’s tests, the EPA said that concentrations of radium might vary depending on the source and volume of the wastewater as well as the flow of the water body that receives the treated effluent. Therefore, the EPA said, “to ensure public safety, additional sampling is needed.”

The EPA also said that it planned to inspect wastewater treatment facilities in the state’s natural-gas fields and would “utilize our federal authorities to require drinking water and wastewater monitoring if that becomes necessary.”

The common good is such a far-fetched notion these days.