Delaware Riverkeeper Network says “severe and ongoing” permit violations are causing “significant harm” to the river basin. It wants the commission to suspend Mariner East 2 construction.
Penn State research showed that decreased water quality near natural gas drilling sites is rare. Of the 1,385 gas wells examined, water contamination was found close to just seven drilling operations. Groundwater close to the other sites either improved or remained the same.
The commission modified an order by an administrative law judge that had stopped work on ME2 and shut down ME1. It wants more information before deciding whether construction on ME2 can resume.
Even though the oil and gas industry is exempt from obtaining the permits – unlike other kinds of industrial construction such as powerlines — that exemption disappears when a water violation occurs, argued Aaron Stemplewicz, senior attorney for DRN.
Fifty-three organizations say the federal Department of Health and Human Services must publish recommendations for health limits on hazardous PFAS chemicals.