State Forest At Risk In PA: Report To Warn Of Natural Gas Company's Unsuitable Track Record For Handling Pristine Lands PR Newswire Feb. 4 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. (Logo:http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130211/DC57616LOGO) 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 Alliance. 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 http://www.environmentalintegrity.org. CONTACT: Elaine Labalme, PennFuture, for the Coalition at (412) 996-4112 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Patrick Mitchell for EIP at (703) 276-3266 or email@example.com. 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. ABOUT EIP 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 environmental laws. /PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Feb. 4, 2014/ SOURCE PennFuture
State Forest At Risk In PA: Report To Warn Of Natural Gas Company's Unsuitable Track Record For Handling Pristine Lands
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