Wednesday, April 21, 2010

PA Politician Calls for Moratorium on Gas Drilling Permits

Written by Allison Sickle
April 21, 2010

As the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection prepares to issue 5,000 Marcellus Shale gas drilling permits this year, only one Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the May 18, 2010 Pennsylvania primary is calling for a moratorium on issuing new permits in a state that strongly supports gas drilling. Former Congressman Joe Hoeffel says the natural gas industry should deal with concerns about wastewater contamination before DEP issues additional permits. Gas drilling is a “pretty serious challenge” to the drinking water supply in communities, he says.

In an interview with DCBureau, Hoeffel said, “If it’s going back into groundwater, it’s got to meet safe drinking water standards. Right now, the industry wants to dilute it with freshwater and just put it all back into the groundwater, and that’s not good enough.”




  1. I agree with him. Finding apathy right here in NYC

  2. Pennsylvania has a Congressman who needs to be informed about "Poison". Any ideas to help educate him will be appreciated.
    Here is a link which shows what he wrote to his voters in the Bedford County Gazette!
    He omitted the "Poison" but it all sounds wonderful if readers don't know the truth, right?



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