By Amanda Gillooly
Pennsylvania resident Rob Slabe thinks frack pits are a travesty, a Marcellus Shale industry practice that serves as a “source of toxic waste-waters and cancer-causing agents (that) pollute our environment through leakage, spillage, and evaporation of toxic volatile organic compounds.”
His goal? To have them banned in the Keystone state.
Slabe started an online petition to that end – and as of Friday morning, more than 1,400 people had signed.
The petition reads:
Frack pits are a danger to animal, plant, and human life and have no place in our Commonwealth.
In place of the frack pit, all gas operators should be required to use some form of a closed loop system for waste storage.
We, the undersigned, demand an end to the open impoundment or frack pit and demand PA place the health and welfare of its citizens above all other interests.
To allow the continued existence of frack pits in our Commonwealth is unconscionable.
The petition will be forwarded to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Quality Board, which is now accepting comments on proposed regulations.
A western Pennsylvania lawmaker, state Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, last year introduced legislation that would ban the use of frack ponds.
That legislation is now pending, and is before the House Environmental Resources Committee.
The new Center for Sustainable Shale Development, which includes industry partners Shell, Chevron, CONSOL and EQT, have identified eliminating waste water impoundments as one of their performance standards.
Impoundments, or frack pits, are banned in North Dakota and are not used in Texas.
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