Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania\’s oil and natural gas industry, represented by the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), American Petroleum Institute of PA (API-PA) and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) issued the following joint-statement in response to news reports that a waste transportation company illegally discharged â€œsewer sludge and greasy restaurant slopâ€ as well as produced water from drilling operations, â€œin holes, mine shafts and waterways,â€ across a six-county region in southwestern Pennsylvania:
â€œIllegal actions that threaten Pennsylvania\’s environment and waterways cannot be tolerated. If found guilty of these appalling acts, those charged must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The oil and natural gas industry speaks with one voice in condemning these unthinkable acts and blatant disregard for the environment.â€
NOTE: A press release from Commonwealth\’s Acting Attorney General announcing these charges, ranging from 2003 and 2009, is available HERE.