EPA seeks citizens to report "suspicious activity" of drillers

“The US Environmental Protection Agency has created a toll-free tip-line for citizens to report non-emergency suspicious activity related to oil and gas development. Called “Eyes on Drilling,” the number for the tip-line, which EPA’s Philadelphia regional office announced on Jan. 27, is (877) 919-4EPA. Tips may be provided anonymously, it added.

The agency, which also is accepting tips by e-mail at eyesondrilling@epa.gov, said it will accept information from people who observe what appears to be disposal or wastes or other illegal activity. “While EPA doesn’t grant permits for oil and gas drilling operations, there are EPA regulations which may apply to the storage of petroleum products and drilling fluids. The agency is also very concerned about the proper disposal of waste products, and protecting air and water resources,” it continued.  …

The information collected may also be useful in investigating industry practices, it indicated.  …

EPA’s regional office in Philadelphia clearly issued the notice because of growing interest in the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation. Production of gas from it will require hydraulic fracturing, which it said results in 20-30% of the fluid used flowing back to the surface with produced brines which contained dissolved materials from the formation, it said in the notice.  …

The service adds another government element to an already complicated situation …  It won’t be surprising if opponents use it to cause trouble.”  “EPA invites citizens to keep ‘Eyes on Drilling’


One Response to “EPA seeks citizens to report "suspicious activity" of drillers”

  1. papertiger Says:

    “Nazis? Not us. Hey just Godwinned. Neener Neener”

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