John Hanger, the former head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, recently sat down with ProPublica to talk about the difficulties related to regulating the gas drilling industry as it often grows faster than the legislation meant to keep it in check.
Hanger joined the DEP in 2008, when gas drilling in the state’s Marcellus Shale formation was ramping up. During his tenure, the department tightened drilling regulations by limiting the discharge of certain pollutants into rivers and streams, strengthening standards for new wells, banning development within 150 feet of certain waterways and requiring drillers to include water-use and waste-disposal plans with their well permit applications. Before he joined the department, Hanger was president and CEO of PennFuture, an environmental organization. He left the DEP when Tom Corbett took over as governor.
Head over to ProPublica.org to read the interview.
Submitted by Andrew Fatato