The Chesapeake Bay Foundation won a victory over environmentally sloppy natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania this week. It was a first step in making sure that the wave of drilling across the state is handled responsibly.
CBF had filed legal challenges to three erosion and sediment control permits for gas wells being drilled in northern Pennsylvania. One of the wells is in the Tioga State Forest, the other on private land in Tioga County. All three sit atop the vast, gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation, which has seen a surge in new gas wells.
CBF was concerned that the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was rubber stamping drilling permits, and fast-tracking approvals, without a thorough environmental review to protect streams and water supplies.
On Wednesday, DEP revoked the permits for Ultra Resources Inc. and Fortuna Energy Inc. because of what the state agency called “numerous technical deficiencies discovered after our approval of the permits.”
To read more about the state decision, check out this article.