Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

EPA probing Washington County shale operations

PITTSBURGH, P.A. — “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether specific Marcellus Shale drilling and compressor station operations in Washington County have caused environmental damage that violates federal regulations.

The federal ‘multi-media’ investigation of air, water and hazardous materials impacts, which the EPA has not previously acknowledged, began in late September when on-site testing was done and is the initial stage of a possible enforcement action or actions.

‘In Washington County, EPA has conducted inspections at active industrial operations including well pads and compressor stations,’ Terri White, an EPA spokeswoman at the agency’s Philadelphia regional office, said in an email response to questions last week.

‘The EPA is assessing the findings of our air, water and hazardous waste investigations in Washington County,’ said Bonnie Smith, another EPA spokeswoman in Philadelphia, who noted that the agency will not disclose the names of the facility or facilities where testing has been done until the investigation is complete, and that’s expected to take ‘several more months.’”

— Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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