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NEWS
June 12, 2011 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The 32-story turbines of the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm have so dramatically changed Atlantic City's skyline - perhaps more than any casino could - that tourists haven't stopped asking questions about them since they went up five years ago along a back-bay salt marsh. Some casino hotel guests are so fascinated that they ask for rooms with a view of the five delicate fans, resort operators say. So the Atlantic County Utilities Authority is cranking open the security gates at the Route 30 wastewater-treatment facility that houses the turbines for twice-a-week tours in June, July, and August.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday stepped up pressure on Pennsylvania regulators to tighten wastewater disposal standards for natural gas drillers, a federal assertion of authority that rubbed the Marcellus Shale industry the wrong way. The EPA directed the six biggest Marcellus Shale natural gas operators to disclose how and where they recycle or dispose of drilling wastewater in the region. Those companies have promised to abide by a call from Pennsylvania's top environmental regulator to stop sending their wastewater to 15 treatment plants by Thursday.
NEWS
April 20, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania regulators on Tuesday called on Marcellus Shale natural gas drillers to stop sending wastewater to 15 treatment plants, citing an increased risk of contaminating public drinking water. The Department of Environmental Protection's action, while voluntary, will likely set the stage for a formal ban on the discharge of inadequately treated wastewater into the state's rivers. "Now is the time to take action to end this practice," acting DEP Secretary Michael Krancer said in a statement Tuesday.
NEWS
April 19, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania regulators on Tuesday called on Marcellus Shale natural-gas drillers to stop sending wastewater to 15 treatment plants, citing an increased risk of contaminating public drinking water supplies. The Department of Environmental Protection's action, while voluntary, will likely set the stage for a formal ban on the discharge of inadequately treated wastewater into the state's rivers. "Now is the time to take action to end this practice," acting DEP Secretary Michael Krancer said in a statement Tuesday.
NEWS
March 23, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The level of salty compounds in the Monongahela River south of Pittsburgh spiked above acceptable limits in late 2008 - not a health risk, according to federal and state regulators, but drinking water drawn from the river tasted like mud. Environmentalists blamed the contamination on Marcellus Shale gas-drilling discharges. Natural-gas drillers pointed to other sources in the historically stressed river: pollutants from coal mines and other industrial discharges. Which source was to blame didn't really matter.
NEWS
March 9, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's statistics on Marcellus Shale natural gas activity contain serious flaws and inconsistencies, and do not accurately report the volume of wastewater being reused in the industry's much-touted recycling efforts. The DEP's most recent statewide statistics on wastewater production overstate by nearly two times the amount of wastewater produced during the last six months of 2010 largely because one the 39 operators who filed reports last month inadvertently entered the wrong data in its forms.
NEWS
March 8, 2011 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
About a week after news reports indicated that radioactive wastewater from natural gas drilling may be entering some public water supplies in Pennsylvania, state officials announced test results showing that radiation levels in seven streams near drilling sites were normal or below normal. The Department of Environmental Protection tested seven streams in western and north-central Pennsylvania, taking samples downstream of wastewater-treatment plants and upstream of drinking-water intakes.
NEWS
January 20, 2011 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Attorney's Office on Wednesday charged a Marcus Hook chemical company with violating the Clean Water Act for discharging tainted water into the Marcus Hook Creek, a tributary to the Delaware. Employees of Chemical Equipment Labs Inc., on Walnut Street, routinely rinsed plastic containers that had previously held chemicals, then discharged the wastewater into a drain in a bathroom that led to the sewer system, according to a federal criminal complaint. The company sells and distributes chemicals, including pool chemicals, ice-melting products, and oil absorbents.
NEWS
January 5, 2011
Gov.-elect Tom Corbett doesn't need to look very far to find important reasons to monitor natural-gas drillers with vigilance. The incoming governor received large campaign donations from the industry, and ran on a promise not to impose a production tax on drillers. For the sake of public health, however, Corbett needs to show he takes tough regulation of his friends seriously. At least 3.6 million barrels of polluted drilling water were sent to treatment plants that empty into rivers during the year that ended June 30, an Associated Press review of state records found.
BUSINESS
January 5, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Regulators ordered a Montgomery County wastewater-treatment operation last year to halt accepting liquids from a Marcellus Shale natural gas driller after discovering that hundreds of truckloads had been improperly imported into the Delaware watershed. The Delaware River Basin Commission, after learning that 1.8 million gallons of wastewater had been trucked to Hatfield Township, ordered a private industrial treatment facility and the Hatfield Township Municipal Authority to cease accepting the fluids from northern Pennsylvania.
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