W.Va. DEP Behind Schedule on Gas Drilling Reports

Washington PA Observer Reporter
30 January 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Department of Environmental Protection is late producing a report on the gas industry’s use of wastewater impoundments because it wants to remove recommendations from West Virginia University researchers.

Secretary Randy Huffman tells the Charleston Gazette he hopes to have a final report ready when legislators convene next month.

He says the researchers went beyond the scope of their mission in making suggestions about the handling of wastewater.

Huffman says there’s nothing wrong with their recommendations, but that’s not what was requested.

He also says the study had formatting problems.

It was one of three that lawmakers mandated in 2011 when passing new drilling regulations.

Huffman says a second one on noise, light and dust from drilling sites is nowhere near complete.

A third report is due in July.