Full Frontal Assault vs. Back Door Attacks on the Environment


Pennsylvania DEP meeting notes

Sourced, copy and photo from Maya van Rossum of Delaware Riverkeeper Network

View full report here:

https://medium.com/@DelawareRiverkeeper/full-frontal-assault-vs-back-door-attacks-on-the-environment-9dd118b2d979#.3mp41417u

I learned, last minute that today, February 28, there was to be a “listening session” at the PADEP regional office in Norristown seeking input on the very important Section 102 regulations focused on stream protection and pollution prevention. It was nearly noon so I dropped everything, jumped into my car and rushed over for the 1:00 pm meeting. En route I called representatives of a variety of environmental and community groups; no one was aware of the meeting.

I arrived early at the Norristown office of the PADEP and entered the Delaware River conference room. I had arrived early for the meeting so the room held only a few staffers when I walked in. On the wall were worksheets:

· “Permit process-too much paper”

· “allow flexibility”

· “lack of grandfathering”

· “eliminate or reduce 150 foot buffer requirement”

· “special permit for linear projects” (e.g. pipelines!)

· “work with private sector to speed up permitting process”

· “outsource reviews” (clearly meaning the PADEP should outsource its reviews

#naturalgas #climatechange #environmentaljustice #accountability #misconduct #delawareriver #delawarewatershed #frontlinecommunities #waterislife #resistance #pennsylvaniadep #pipelines #nomorepipelines

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