Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Toxic Amendments

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Toxic Amendments

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With the state House and Senate finally sending their budget package to the governor's desk, few Pennsylvanians might be aware of how some provisions inserted by oil and gas lobbyists into the final deal might impact our water quality.

Stuck into the innocuous Administrative Code bill was a bipartisan effort to attack clean water protections that will impact Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh. This amendment will allow oil and gas wastewater plants to continue discharging over 50 million gallons a year of drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River watershed, the source of drinking water for Pittsburgh and many others.

This could unfortunately be only the tip of a very dirty iceberg as oil and gas lobbyists earned their overtime this week attaching hundreds of amendments to the severance tax bill that was considered by the state House. …

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