State Forest At Risk In PA: Report To Warn Of Natural Gas Company's Unsuitable
Track Record For Handling Pristine Lands
Subject of PennFuture Event: Coalition Finds Hundreds of Recent Pollution
Violations by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation; Water Pollution Record Ranks 7th
Worst Among More than 600 Companies Operating in Pennsylvania
PITTSBURGH AND WASHINGTON, D.C.///News Advisory///The Loyalsock State Forest,
located in north-central Pennsylvania, is at risk from Anadarko Petroleum
Corporation, which is trying to introduce large-scale natural gas development
into some of the forest's most pristine lands. New information compiled by the
Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) reveals that Anadarko has a dismal track
record of pollution violations and should not be entrusted with the Loyalsock.
EIP conducted the analysis on behalf of the Save the Loyalsock Coalition – a
group of organizations working to protect the Loyalsock State Forest – and
will issue the report's findings during a live, phone-based news event on
Thursday (February 6, 2014) at 11 a.m. EST.
The analysis identifies hundreds of violations at Anadarko facilities between
2009 and 2013, including but not limited to discharges of pollutants to waters
of the Commonwealth and failure to notify the state about pollution incidents.
Anadarko's violations disproportionately involve discharges of pollutants,
which pose a major threat to Rock Run—one of the most pristine and scenic
waters in the Commonwealth.
EIP conducted its review of Anadarko's history as an oil and gas operator in
Pennsylvania using compliance data, including the Pennsylvania Department of
Environmental Protection's (PA DEP) Oil and Gas Compliance Report over a
five-year period, January 2009 to December 2013.
Speakers on the phone-based news event will be:
oThe Hon. Greg Vitali, minority chair, House Environmental Resources and
Energy Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives;
oAdam Kron, attorney and report author, Environmental Integrity Project;
oMark Szybist, staff attorney, PennFuture; and
oBarbara Jarmoska, vice president and treasurer, Responsible Drilling
TO PARTICIPATE: Join the live phone-based news conference (with full, two-way
Q&A) at 11 a.m. EST on February 6, 2014 by dialing 1-877-270-2148. Ask for
the "Loyalsock Forest/Anadarko" news event.
CAN'T PARTICIPATE?: A streaming audio replay of this news event will be
available as of 3 p.m. EST on February 6, 2014 at
CONTACT: Elaine Labalme, PennFuture, for the Coalition at (412) 996-4112 or
email@example.com or Patrick Mitchell for EIP at (703) 276-3266 or
ABOUT THE SAVE THE LOYALSOCK COALITION
The Save the Loyalsock Coalition is a group of organizations working to
protect the scenic lands and waters of the Loyalsock State Forest from the
effects of shale gas development. Member organizations include: Appalachian
Mountain Club; Audubon Pennsylvania; Keystone Trails Association; the League
of Women Voters of Pennsylvania; the Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association;
PennEnvironment; PennFuture; the Pennsylvania Forest Coalition; the
Responsible Drilling Alliance; the Rivertown Coalition for Clean Air and
Water; Shale Justice; and the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter.
The Environmental Integrity Project (http://www.environmentalintegrity.org) is
a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established in March of 2002 by former
EPA enforcement attorneys to advocate for effective enforcement of
environmental laws. EIP has three goals: 1) to provide objective analyses of
how the failure to enforce or implement environmental laws increases pollution
and affects public health; 2) to hold federal and state agencies, as well as
individual corporations, accountable for failing to enforce or comply with
environmental laws; and 3) to help local communities obtain the protection of
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