The Marcellus Shale drilling industry poses challenges, say Pennsylvania officials:
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Robert P. French today outlined the new challenges facing his agency and emergency responders statewide as a result of sharply increased natural gas drilling activities. “There are substantial benefits of natural gas production for our commonwealth and its citizens. However, Marcellus Shale drilling is an industry that does have inherent risks, as demonstrated by the recent blowout at a well in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County, and a fire at a separator tank in Susquehanna County,” French testified at a hearing today in Pittsburgh. In the past year alone, there have been at least 47 incidents at natural gas operations that required an emergency response by the Department of Environmental Protection, French noted.