A column by Tony Norman about Charleston’s recent water supply emergency (“W.Va. Water Crisis Serves as Lesson Elsewhere,” Jan. 14) took an inappropriate and unsubstantiated swipe at Pennsylvania’s natural gas producers with this sentence: “Taking uncontaminated water for granted when there’s a virtual gold rush for natural gas, which has disrupted the coal industry in recent years, is foolish.”
Our industry is committed to protecting the environment and complies with the country’s most stringent regulatory program, administered by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Most important, the evidence collected over the past several years shows our surface water resources in Pennsylvania are safe. A recently completed study of the region’s waterways, conducted by Duquesne University, West Virginia University’s Water Research Institute, Wheeling Jesuit University and a local Trout Unlimited chapter, confirmed that fact.
As a practical matter, it is also fair to say that no state in the country has had its water scrutinized more closely than Pennsylvania over the past several years. The number of government agencies, universities, industrial water users, environmental organizations and watershed groups collecting and analyzing surface water across the commonwealth is staggering.
And they have found nothing of any consequence related to natural gas production.
Director of Public Outreach
Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association