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PA Marcellus Drillers Broke Law on Water Use, Says Group

by Kenneth E. DuBose on August 12, 2010

An environmental group claims Pennsylvania has permitted Marcellus drillers to steal water on drilling property:

Pennsylvania regulators are illegally allowing natural gas companies to withdraw water from rivers and streams for use in the Marcellus Shale drilling boom, an environmental group claims.

The Allegheny Defense Project says the state’s Department of Environmental Protection has no legal right to permit drillers, as it does, to take millions of gallons of water from rivers in the western part of the state. That right belongs to owners of riparian land — that which borders waterways — but DEP has ignored the law in facilitating the industry’s demands, the group said in a letter sent to DEP Secretary John Hanger in late July.

Full Article: Group Claims PA Drillers Broke Law on Water Use – reuters.com

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