West Virginia DEP Wants Your Comments on Water Use in Marcellus Drilling

From an article in the Charleston Daily Mail (obviously adapted from a press release):

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Department of Environmental Protection announced it is seeking public comment on a draft document that addresses drillers’ water use and disposal in the Marcellus Shale formation.

Department secretary Randy Huffman said in a prepared statement, “New advancements in drilling technology have created increased interest in exploring the Marcellus Shale formation in New York, Pennsylvania, and recently in West Virginia. What we are concerned about is the increase in the amount of water used and the disposal of wastewater that results from using these new drilling techniques.”

The department will accept comments about the document until April 17. The document can be viewed online at www.wvdep.org/marcellusguidance. Comments about the draft can be submitted by e-mail to [email protected] or mailed to the Public Information Office at 601 57th Street SE, Charleston, WV 25304.

Make your voice heard! You have until two days after tax day to comment.

Direct link to the draft document: www.wvdep.org/FrontNews/Marcellus Guidance Document.pdf