Freak Show Coming to a PA Well Pad Near You with New DEP Alerts

If you spill a couple of gallons of gasoline at your local convenience store gas station, somebody throws kitty litter on it and that’s the end of the story. But if you spill a couple of gallons of diesel fuel at a drill pad, it’s nearly a federal crime. In Pennsylvania, if there’s a spill of diesel fuel, frack water, etc., operators are supposed to report it to the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) asap. New rules coming from the DEP this summer will make reporting those spills mandatory–within two hours of when the operator first becomes aware of it. And get this–that data will immediately go into a web database and shared with the world. The new system will even email people who want to receive such emails. Imagine this: Someone spills five gallons of diesel fuel and three hours later anti-drilling protesters are parading in front of the road leading to the drill pad, and local television cameras are there to document the entire freak show that ensues. And it happens again, and again, and again, and again. Thanks DEP! You’re so community-minded…

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