PA DEP’s Report Card

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)  has had a productive year so far! It approved new 2,461 hydraulic fracturing permits since January, 2011. In 2010, the DEP issued 6,581 gas drilling permits, and it is right on track for increasing those numbers in the fall. Enforcement is also on the rise. With 1,512 Inspections overall in 2010, there were 2,754 Total Violations, and 769 Enforcements. This year, between January and May 2011, the DEP already has 977 Inspections under its belt, has issued 1,751 Total Violations (Wow!) and it has enacted 311 Enforcements.  SOURCE: dep.state.pa.us

Overall, the DEP appears to be building on its strengths, though a few weaker areas remain. I’m sure we’ll see all these numbers continue to growl. We hope the DEP will keep up the good work!

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One Response to “PA DEP’s Report Card”

  1. Kisakye Says:

    I think Roslyn Cherry is excltay correct. This is a time to live democracy as it was meant to be lived, as responsible adults, not only endowed by our creator with inalienable rights, but also inalienable responsibilities towards our living planet and each other (breathing lives). Democracy is only as alive as its citizens, not in its ossified institutions captured by Corporations.

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