Some progress is being
made in the environmental
management of Marcellus
ting process for drilling in the Marcellus
“We believed that there were fundamental
flaws in DEP’s permitting process that put
Pennsylvania’s waterways at risk,” said CBF
Pennsylvania Executive Director Matt Ehrhart.
CBF Appeal Strengthens Regulations
Persistence and a commitment to advance state
environmental regulations and policies related
to natural gas drilling have paid off.
The settlement requires DEP to protect
high-quality or exceptional-value waters by
prohibiting an expedited permit review
process to any applicant seeking an E&S
Control General Permit near these waters.
After more than two years, CBF and the
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) have reached an agreement,
finalizing CBF’s 2009 appeal of three permits
issued by DEP to natural gas drilling companies
operating in the Marcellus Shale formation.
u For more information, see page 18 or visit
The current Farm Bill is set to expire September
2012, but it’s not too early to contact your
congressional representatives and ask them to
support clean water’s inclusion in the new bill.
Will Senator Casey Carry Clean
Water into the 2012 Farm Bill?
As 2012 ushers in the expiration date of the
current Farm Bill, actually a suite of bills
authorizing programs and funding, CBF is
again focusing attention on the legislation’s
clean-water components. The Farm Bill far
exceeds all other federal sources of conservation funding, making it the single largest federal investment in clean water nationwide.
DEP issued three Erosion and Sediment (E&S)
Control General Permits to Ultra Resources
and Fortuna Energy (now Talisman) on June 3,
2009, that lacked mandated government
requirements such as stormwater calculations
and wetlands surveys. Through an expedited
review process enacted for the drilling industry
in 2008, however, DEP approved these permits within days of receipt. In some cases,
approval came just three days later.
Marcellus Advisory Commission
Recommends Stronger Protections
After four months of meeting and hearing
from all sides of the natural gas drilling
debate, the Governor’s Marcellus Shale
Advisory Commission submitted its final
report (page 18) and recommendations for
the future of the drilling industry in
Pennsylvania. The report includes dozens of
environmental recommendations to protect
water quality and natural resources.
CBF filed the appeal in order to achieve programmatic changes to DEP’s overall permit-
uFor more information on how CBF is working to protect Pennsylvania waters, visit
cbf.org/Pennsylvania or call 717/234-5550.
As we approach September 2012 and the
Farm Bill expiration date, there is one
Pennsylvania senator poised to play a significant role. Senator Bob Casey holds a prominent seat on the Agriculture Committee, and
will have a significant influence on all Farm
u You can help, even now! Send Senator Casey a
note encouraging him to make clean water a priority in the upcoming Farm Bill. You can help set the
tone for future discussions. For instructions and
talking points, visit cbf.org/2012FarmBill/Casey.
This year, CBF ran four canoe excursions hosted by our Susquehanna Watershed Education Program.
Free to CBF members, families, and friends, these trips were a way of engaging our members with firsthand experiences on the very waters we are working so hard to protect. The response to these trips
has been enthusiastic and we hope to offer a broader selection of opportunities next summer.
Check cbf.org/pennsylvania for a schedule of upcoming trips.