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Using Abandoned Mine Drainage to Frack

In the Susquehanna River Basin, just one well can use an average of 4.4 million gallons of water during a frack job, which can last several days to a week. The majority of that water comes from Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams. Meanwhile, more than 4,000 miles of streams polluted by abandoned coalmine drainage flow through Pennsylvania’s forests, [...]

SRBC Releases “State of the Susquehanna”

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission released its “State of the Susquehanna” report Wednesday, using data collected from among more than 49,000 miles of river and streams that begin in upstate New York and eventually flow into the Chesapeake Bay. At a time when natural gas drilling has put the SRBC in the spotlight, its executive [...]

Pa. Fish and Boat Commission Clashes with DEP Over Susquehanna River

Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission executive director John Arway says the Department of Environmental Protection needs to do more to protect aquatic life and water quality along 98 miles of the Susquehanna River. Arway takes aim at DEP Secretary Michael Krancer’s decision not to seek an “impaired” status for the river may not be driven [...]

Pa. DEP Secretary Rejects Calls for Greater Federal Protections for Susquehanna River

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has decided not to seek an “impaired” status for the Susquehanna River under the Clean Water Act, rejecting a plea from the state’s Fish and Boat Commissioner John Arway.  Last April, Arway wrote a letter to DEP Secretary Michael Krancer, describing in detail increased incidents of “black-spotted” fish turning [...]

Shale Gas Outrage: Organizers See Civil Disobedience on the Horizon

Hundreds of protestors are rallying in the street outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center today. Organizers of “Shale Gas Outrage” say gas drilling is polluting water wells, the air, and destroying the pristine landscape of rural Pennsylvania. The event began with a song by gospel singer Rhetta Morgan. Later Maya van Rossum, from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network [...]

Warm Weather Puts A Halt To Water Withdrawal Along Susquehanna

It’s that time of year again – warm weather means the Susquehanna River Basin Commission is temporarily suspending water withdrawal permits at about 60 locations. Pennsylvania Public Radio’s Mary Wilson reports: Near-drought conditions persist throughout the Susquehanna River Basin, and businesses that usually take large amounts of water out of the system’s streams and rivers [...]

Krancer’s Top 5 EPA-Bashing Letters

Yesterday we told you about the blunt, confrontational letters Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer fires off to the Environmental Protection Agency when he feels the EPA is in the wrong. Here are five excerpts from the dozen letters Krancer has written to the federal agency. (StateImpact Pennsylvania obtained these documents through a Right-To-Know [...]

Mike Krancer And The EPA: It’s Complicated

DEP Secretary Michael Krancer.

Over the last few years, the Environmental Protection Agency has taken an increased interest in regulating and monitoring hydraulic fracturing. And when the EPA steps into an area that Pennsylvania’s state agency is already overseeing, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer appears to take it personally. That personal reaction often comes in the form [...]

Fish and Boat Commission Says it’s Too Soon to Diagnose Black Spots on Fish

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says it will take a lot more work, and a lot more data, to figure out what is causing black spots on small mouth bass in the Susquehanna River. A commission scientist wrote to a fisherman in response to the angler’s pleas for lab tests. The fisherman, William Yingling, [...]

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