“‘They talk about improving the EJ policies, but there’s no money in the state budget to do that,” she said. “So I have a lack of trust. I’m happy the DEP came to Greene County to listen to us, but I have big concerns about how any improved policies can be implemented.’ . . .
“There are more than 10,000 unconventional gas wells in the state and they’ve registered 6,600 violations since 2005. Twenty percent of those violations have occurred in three census tracts in Susquehanna, Lycoming and Bradford counties,” he said. “At what point don’t those census tracts deserve additional industrial burdens?”
The DEP will accept additional comments on its environmental justice policy update until May 27. A listing of the times, dates and locations of all the DEP environmental justice listening sessions, along with supporting documents and commenting instructions, can be found at: http://www.dep.pa.gov/PublicParticipation/OfficeofEnvironmentalJustice/Pages/Listening-Sessions.aspx”