PA DEP Expands Air Monitoring of Marcellus Sites, Compressor Stns

PA DEPThe Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) said yesterday they will launch an “unprecedented expansion” of air monitoring near compressor stations and shale wells in the Marcellus. DEP Sec. John Quigley said the DEP will add 10 new monitoring sites to its existing network of 27 sites. Part of the $1.56 million it will take to install and maintain the sites for five years is coming from taxpayers’ federal government pocket, from a Federal Clean Air Act grant. What does Quigley expect to do with the data they collect from this effort? On a teleconference call he said, “We have no expectations here. The ambition is to get a more comprehensive dataset.” There’s a fine expenditure of taxpayer’s money–spend it with no expectations! Here’s the low down on the latest DEP boondoggle…

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