Friday, January 22, 2010

Clean Water Action Hearing on NEW DEP Standards for Dumping Frack Water in Bradford County

Come and Speak your Mind!
A Message from:
Brady Russell
Eastern Pennsylvania Director
Clean Water Action

As many of you know, DEP has proposed new wastewater discharge standards (aka, Chapter 95 standards) that would have a big impact on Marcellus Drilling. These standards would make it much, much harder for drillers to wreck our streams by dumping frack water at wastewater plants that can't really handle its water. There are shortcomings, though.

Here's the Environmental Quality Board's Request for Public Comment:
(scroll to the bottom). *Comments close on 2/12*

If you want to register comment as an individual in a quick and easy way, Clean Water has an online action you can take:

NOTE: If you're living in Northeast Pennsylvania, DEP did NOT do a public hearing nearby you. They did four, and a lot of people showed up, but the Northeast got left out. So Clean Water Action is organizing one. ... We'll be collecting verbal testimony at the hearing and also giving folks who come a chance to make written testimony. All of this will be hand delivered to DEP the next day.

Basic info:
Unauthorized Wastewater Hearing
Thursday, 2/4/2010, 4:30PM to 6PM
Bradford County Conservation District
RR5, Box 5030C
Towanda, PA

We don't plan to do much of a program. Folks will just speak. Press will be invited. The amount of time that folks have to speak will depend on how many people sign up, but plan for 5 minutes. Written copies of testimony would be greatly, greatly appreciated, as we could deliver that to DEP along with the video.

RSVP's aren't required, but they are helpful. Please email Brady Russell at if you plan to come. If you'd like to sign up to speak in advance, please indicate that. If you plan to bring others with you, please send me your best guess as to how many.

Thank you!



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