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11.8.11 Statement @ EPA Region 3 Headquarters
We stand witness to the potential cumulative environmental socioeconomic and public health impacts of the rapid industrial development of shale gas in the Northern Tier of PA. As public health studies tend to be retrospective, those of us living in drill in the Northern Tier Counties of PAs, where shale gas extraction in PA started 3 years ago, will be the test subjects. It is our backyards, our water wells, our air, our lungs, our health histories, that will generate the data for these retrospective studies. Accepting we are the test subjects, we need to make sure that we document our experiences so that they are processed into data bits retrievable for scientific study and surveys so that our collective experience will be recorded and accurately told. How can EPA partner with us so that we may generate retrievable data ? PA DEP Sec Krancer shook my hand 6 mos ago, looked me in the eye, and told me PA DEP had no data on water wells and gas wells. How can we get the DOH to have a toll free anonymous SHALE GAS HEALTH COMPLAINT HOTLINE for gasfield residents and workers? How can we get EPA, the DOH, NIH to fund a study on the Cumulative Public Health Impact of Shale Gas Extraction in our Northern Tier Region undergoing active resource extraction, for gasfield residents and natural gas industry workers?
Exempt before the point of injection, all the drilling/frack waste fluid is classified as RESIDUAL WASTE. According to the DEP’s site with industry’s voluntary disclosure of frack chemicals, one can infer drill waste to be toxic: one might further assume that industry knows drilling waste is toxic. According to insiders wet drill mud cuttings are being transported by rail from PA to Ohio, where they are being burned and then called “dirt”. I am concerned this “dirt”burned wet drill mud cuttings, a waste from known toxic frack chemicals per PA DEP’s website, may be recycled through EPAs Beneficial Re-Use Program as toxic coal ash has been. Our PA DEP Sec Krancer recently stated coal ash was harmless and should be left to state regulation; 60 Minutes reported coal industry inside documents show the industry knew all along coal ash is toxic yet allowed it to be used as “dirt” in residential communities. Coal Ash is not classified as HAZARDOUS by EPA and therefore is not regulated by EPA as such, and is left to state regulation and classification. As EPA is a REGULATORY AGENCY, how can we get shale waste like burned drill cutting, “dirt”,classified as HAZARDOUS by EPA and thus under EPA’s regulatory jurisdiction? How can we get hazardous classification for drill waste after its exempt point of injection?