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Buried Secrets/ Gas Drilling’s Environmental Threat

John Hanger, PA’s Former Environmental Chief, Talks

About Challenges of Keeping Gas Drilling Safe

by Nicholas Kusnetz
ProPublica

.Now-former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger (Michael J. Mullen/AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune)

John Hanger, who led Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection until January, recently talked with ProPublica about the challenges of trying to regulate the expanding drilling industry. Hanger joined the DEP in 2008, when gas drilling in the state’s Marcellus Shale formation was ramping up. During his tenure, the department tightened drilling regulations by limiting the discharge of certain pollutants into rivers and streams, strengthening standards for new wells, banning development within 150 feet of certain waterways and requiring drillers to include water-use and waste-disposal plans with their well permit applications. Before he joined the department, Hanger was president and CEO of PennFuture, an environmental organization. He left the DEP when Tom Corbett took over as governor. (mais…)

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Buried Secrets Gas Drilling’s Environmental Threat

Drilling Industry Says Diesel Use Was Legal

by Abrahm Lustgarten
ProPublica

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An oil drilling rig near Stanley, N.D. The well is being drilled into the Bakken Formation, one of the largest contiguous deposits of oil and natural gas in the United States. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

Nicholas Kusnetz contributed to this report.

After three members of Congress reported this week that drilling companies have been injecting large amounts of diesel fuel underground to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells, the industry is fighting back — not by denying the accusation, but by arguing that the EPA never fully regulated the potentially environmentally dangerous practice in the first place. (mais…)