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DEP delays deep injection well decisions

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has delayed decisions on controversial deep injection well permits, while waiting for rulings from the federal courts. The siting of the deep injection wells became federal cases after local municipalities passed ordinances to ban the drilling waste disposal wells. It’s the first time DEP has taken such a position and [...]

Congressional Watch-Dog Warns Fracking Waste Could Threaten Drinking Water

The Government Accountability Office says new risks from underground injections of oil and gas waste could harm drinking water supplies, and the EPA needs to step up both oversight and enforcement. The GAO released a study on Monday detailing the EPA’s role in overseeing the nation’s 172,000 wells, which either dispose of oil and gas [...]

Elk County township prepares for battle against deep injection well

A small town in Northwest Pennsylvania is gearing up for what could potentially be a big battle against Seneca Resources over a drilling wastewater disposal well. In January, the Environmental Protection Agency approved Seneca’s application to operate a deep injection well in Highland Township – despite a local ordinance passed in 2013 banning such wells [...]

Pa. Communities Craft Creative Escape Hatch from Drilling Law

While the Pennsylvania Supreme Court continues to deliberate the constitutionality of restrictions to local, Marcellus Shale, zoning regulations in the state’s new drilling law, a handful of communities across the Commonwealth are trying a unique approach to keep the industry away. “Community Bill of Rights” ordinances have been adopted by cities as large as Pittsburgh [...]

New Deep Injection Wells Planned for Elk and Clearfield Counties

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued draft permits for fracking wastewater disposal wells in both Elk and Clearfield counties. The state has only five permitted and operating underground injection disposal wells that take wastewater from oil and gas production.  The EPA has issued final permits for two injection wells in Warren County, but they’re under appeal [...]

Projects in the Pipeline for Lycoming, McKean and Elk Counties

Each week the state publishes the Pennsylvania Bulletin, which contains, among other things, public notice of applications to the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Warning — this can be a tedious read. But it gives a glimpse into what may be coming to a neighborhood near you. This [...]

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