State Rep. Mike Sturla
Chairman, Democratic Policy Committee


    State Rep. Jesse White
     Hearing Co-Chairman

HDPC looks at DEP reporting procedures for environmental testing results


WASHINGTON, Pa., Feb. 19 – The House Democratic Policy Committee heard from local residents and environmental advocates at a public hearing in Washington County on Tuesday to examine the guidelines for the state Department of Environmental Protection’s reporting of results of environmental tests following natural gas drilling, said Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.


State Rep. Jesse White, D-Allegheny/Beaver/ Washington, requested the hearing and served as its co-chairman. White recently introduced H.B. 268 that would require DEP to disclose full testing results, including raw data and documentation, of any environmental tests conducted by the department on a landowner’s or leaseholder’s property in Pennsylvania.


“Pennsylvanians in the Marcellus Shale region have a right and need to know what chemicals are in the water linked to natural gas drilling,” Sturla said. “I applaud Representative White for the thorough job he has done of reaching out to stakeholders in southwest Pennsylvania in the best interest of all residents.”


“Based on the DEP’s recent history, I think we have a lot to discuss about the way the department is handling Marcellus Shale operations,” White said. “Residents are simply asking DEP to do its job, and to make sure that they are accountable and responsive whenever problems arise.”

Those testifying at the hearing included local residents: Kim Staub, resident of Mt. Pleasant Township, Washington County; Chris Lauff, resident of Mt. Pleasant Township, Washington County; Judy Armstrong Stiles, resident of Wyalusing Township, Bradford County; David Headley, resident of Springhill Township, Fayette County; and Craig Stevens, resident of Silver Lake Township, Susquehanna County; and environmental advocates Nadia Steinzor, eastern program coordinator, Earthworks; Melissa Troutman, outreach coordinator, Mountain Watershed Association; Steve Hvozdovich, policy associate, Clean Water Action;  and Erika Staaf, clean water advocate, PennEnvironment.


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