Pennsylvania is experiencing a rush of Marcellus Shale drilling activity, as industry rushes to drill while regulators and environmentalists sprint to keep up. Prior to allowing shale gas development here, Pennsylvania should have conducted a thorough examination of the risks associated with this industry and adopted a regulatory framework sufficient to protect communities, the environment, and human health from these risks. Instead, Pennsylvania has allowed this industry to grow at an astonishing rate in a regulatory environment inadequate to address the challenges it poses.
The reality is that the shale gas industry is here, and its impact on our air, our water, and our communities cannot be ignored. GASP supports efforts to minimize these impacts. Our efforts to address the environmental impacts of this industry include reviewing proposed permits and rulemakings, engaging in litigation efforts, promoting public awareness of health and environmental issues related to shale gas development, and encouraging citizen participation in the regulatory process.
A powerful tool in the fight to reduce air pollution is citizen pressure, especially through making comments on Marcellus permit applications. Please see our Citizen Handbook for making effective comments. This handbook explains the legal and regulatory structure for Marcellus activity, and how you can have a say in the process.
Below are some of our public comments, presentations, etc. on this topic:
Tenaska PA Partners–Westmoreland Generating Station Draft Plan Approval and GASP Comments to PA DEP, February 23, 2015.
Equitrans L.P. Hartson Compressor Station, Comments to PA DEP, June 9, 2014 and Comments and Response Document, June 30, 2014.
Mountain Gathering, LLC–Westmoreland Compressor Station, Comments to PA DEP, May 12, 2014 and Comments and Response Document, May 30, 2014.
Proposed Revisions to 25 Pa. Code Chapter 78, Comments to PA EQB, March 14, 2014.
Mountain Gathering, LLC–Forward and Jefferson Compressor Stations, Settlement Agreement, December 3, 2013.
Mountain Gathering, LLC–Homer City PP Compressor Station, Comments to PA DEP, August 26, 2013.
Appalachian Midstream Services, LLC–Buffalo Compressor Station, Comments to WV DEP, June 21, 2013.
Construction of Forward Compressor Station and Jefferson Compressor Station, Appeal to PA DEP, May 29, 2013.
Draft Class II General Permit G70-A, Comments to WV DEP, May 17, 2013.
Testimony to the PA House Democratic Democratic Policy Hearing, May 2, 2013.
Changes to Model General Permit for Oil and Gas Well Site Operations, Comments to OH EPA, March 22, 2013.
Plan Approval and Operating Permit Exemption List, Comments to PA DEP, March 19, 2013.
Peoples Natural Gas Company, LLC Truittsburg Compressor Station, Comments to PA DEP, January 21, 2013.
Stay current on the latest news by visiting PowerSource, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s one-stop-shop for energy information, or State Impact PA, a project of NPR and others. Click here to see a list of other organizations that are active in Marcellus work, many of whom GASP partners with on various projects and outreach efforts.