Grant Township continues fight against plan to store drilling waste – Marion Center, PA – Pennsylvania News

Grant Township continues fight against plan to store drilling waste – Marion Center, PA – Pennsylvania News

EAST RUN — Officials in Grant Township have continued their fight to halt plans for disposal of natural gas well drilling waste in a depleted gas well in the township.

The township has filed a lengthy objection to the Pennsylvania General Energy Company injection well permit application at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The township is in the fourth year of its effort to block the PGE plan to dispose waste fluids from Marcellus well drilling operations in Pennsylvania at what is known as the Yanity 1025 well near East Run.

Grant Township, its residents and local community groups, with support of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, has appealed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state DEP to prevent PGE from starting an injection well.

Officials at PGE this morning declined to comment on the objections, citing a policy of steering from statements on matters in active litigation. They said they have not seen a copy of the objections.

The municipal supervisors enacted a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance in 2014 to establish local authority to maintain clean air, land and water, and prohibit activities that might harm the environment. The…

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