Thursday, January 21, 2010

MARCELLUS SHALE: Submit your concerns to DEP

Erika Staaf
Clean Water Advocate

More and more, Pennsylvanians are becoming aware of the many environmental threats posed by drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale -- an underground gas formation covering huge swaths of the state.

In recent months, gas drilling in Pennsylvania has led to toxic pollution in nearby streams and rivers, and local communities' drinking water supplies being contaminated.

We need to make sure that if gas drilling is taking place in Pennsylvania, it's done in ways that protect public health and our environment.

Luckily, the public has an opportunity to have its voice heard on this important issue. Over the next month, the Department of Environmental Protection is asking for comments to see how gas drilling should be addressed in Pennsylvania.

We need DEP to implement strong health-based standards for chemicals associated with drilling activities in Pennsylvania and the wastewater being produced. We also need these standards implemented as quickly as possible.

Concerned citizens can submit comments to and can get more information at

WRITE TODAY! A healthy Pennsylvania depends on each of us!


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