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URGENT: Comment by Tuesday March 19th 5 pm to Prevent PA DEP Giving Huge New Exemptions to Shale Gas Industry

March 16, 2013

Tough times in Pennsylvania shale country: having just barely headed off a vote on SB411 this past week, and after a dramatic blowout spewed fracking flowback at 800 gallons a minute in Wyoming County… at 6:30 pm on Friday evening we get a dire Urgent Action Alert.

Are we all tired? You bet. Are we going to rise to this occasion? You bet. Because our friends are getting sick from fracking air pollution right here in Pennsylvania, right now. We will do what it takes to protect our friends and neighbors. Please help! Send an email today to PA DEP to prevent the absolute outrage of yet more exemptions for this toxic industry!

Far from banning flaring in the state of Pennsylvania, which PA DEP has every right and ethical obligation to do,  PA DEP wants to give blanket exemptions for frackng equipment for the shale gas industry, including flaring. Clean Air Council analyzed the PA DEP standards, called “guidance,” which must be commented on by the public by March 19th:

PA DEP would, under this guidance, exempt gas companies from permitting for flaring and emissions released from storage tanks and wells.

This guidance will have a detrimental impact on local and regional air quality if it is finalized as is.

PA DEP needs to hear what shale-field residents and other concerned PA residents think about these additional permit exemptions to the industry. Without your comment, this guidance will be finalized as it currently stands. This is your chance to tell PA DEP what you think about the proposed exemptions.

Comments are due on Tuesday, March 19th by 5PM

You can use this link to send an email pre-written by the Clean Air Council.  

We will also post instructions within the next 48 hours on how to write comments directly to PA DEP yourself, as individual comments are always most high-impact. For maximum impact, please do both. Act now.

Thanks for all you do to protect air, water, health, climate, and our eroding democratic rights in Pennsylvania. If you live in a neighboring state and believe you may be impacted by compressor stations, flares, and other shale gas equipment in Pennsylvania, please don’t hesitate to comment.


  1. March 16, 2013 9:30 am

    I sent the comment prepared by Clean Air Council, with this preface: “I join my voice with others in sending this message. With recent reports of the revolving door between state government (including DEP) and the gas industry, I have to say that I have little hope that I can be part of stopping the headlong rush to frack half our state. Yet I do write in the hope that there are still some staffers with integrity at DEP who will see the worth of this comment. If you can’t stop the politicization of your job. come on out and blow the whistle on what is happening. You only have your conscience to save and maybe the lives of many fellow Pennsylvanians. Now, to the comment that the Clean Air Council prepared:”

  2. March 16, 2013 7:01 pm

    I also sent the comment prepared by the Clean Air Council, prefacing it with, “I agree with the text below, as drafted by the Clean Air Council. We should not exempt the fracking industry from existing permits; instead, permitting regulations should be more stringent.”

    For everyone’s information, here’s a link to the proposed standard:

  3. March 17, 2013 7:52 am

    signed, tweeted (retweeted) and sharing – thanks!

  4. Henry F. Sommers permalink
    March 17, 2013 5:07 pm

    Preposterous! Halburton got the same deal on water through the EPA under Chaney’s White House tenure…now they evidently own the State House in Pennsylvania, too. This can’t happen for the safety of the residents, the animals, the agriculture production, the sensibilities of all concerned! I am a New Yorker and live 5 miles north of PA and these gas rigs…this cannot happen to us. Do not let it happen.

  5. March 18, 2013 12:01 pm

    Signed and sent, thank you.

  6. March 18, 2013 8:20 pm

    Thanks, POW! Replied via Clean Air Council a few days ago, Tweeted, emailed wide. Meanwhile hope Sandra and other blockaders arrested today are OK. Thanks for keeping us all alerted.

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