New Water Regs Toothless On Oil, Gas Discharges, Pa. Told

Law360, Philadelphia (June 19, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT) -- Revisions to Pennsylvania’s water quality regulations don’t adequately address the discharge of oil and gas drilling wastewater into the state’s waterways, Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups told a state regulatory review board in a letter Tuesday.

More than two dozen environmental groups and eight state lawmakers told the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission that water quality standards it is currently reviewing from the Department of Environmental Protection would allow dangerous levels of chlorides from oil and gas drilling operations to be discharged.

“While you will commonly...
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