Saturday, August 7, 2010

PA DEP Defends Drilling Oversight

Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger says New York could stop buying natural gas produced in the Commonwealth if its legislators are so concerned about the environmental consequences of drilling.
Hanger was responding to criticism from New York lawmakers over regulation of drilling the Marcellus Shale formation. New York legislators held Pennsylvania up as what not to do during debate over a bill that would impose a 9-month moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. Environmentalists say that "fracking" endangers water supplies.
Hanger says New York is riding a moral "high horse" while consuming Pennsylvania natural gas. He says Pennsylvania has strengthened its enforcement standards and hired more staff to monitor drilling activity.

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