State Report Criticizes DEP Oversight of PA Natural Gas Industry

Posted July 24, 2014 at 5:00am

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued a withering review Tuesday of the Department of Environmental Protection‘‍s oversight of the shale gas industry and the regulatory agency’‍s practices for responding to citizens’‍ complaints that drilling has affected their drinking water.”  

“The long-promised performance audit details the agency’‍s shortcomings, including failing to consistently issue enforcement orders to drilling companies after regulators determined that gas operations had damaged water supplies, even though the state’‍s oil and gas law requires it.”  

“Mr. DePasquale said during a news conference that although DEP merits criticism for its performance, the dedication of DEP’‍s employees to protecting the environment is not in question.”