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Gabler Appeals EPA Injection Well Ruling

April 5, 2014
BRADY TOWNSHIP- A petition to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s issuance of a permit for an injection well in Brady Township has been put forth by Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield & Elk). Gabler said that the data used by the EPA to make their ruling did not include the drinking wells of several residences located within the liability radius of the proposed injection well, and that this information is reason enough to reconsider the permit.

“I am very disturbed by the recent issuance of the Environmental Protection Agency’s permit of an injection well in Brady Township. I’ve been working very closely with residents of the area and with local governments. I believe the issuance of this permit was irresponsible. And we’re working together to appeal to the Federal Environmental Appeals Board to have this permit looked at a second time. We really want to make sure we protect the local groundwater, the local residences, the neighboring property owners, and we believe that the proper decision, when all the facts are taken into consideration, will be to disapprove this permit.”

Here are excerpts from Gabler’s letter to the EPA:

“I am writing to request review by the Environmental Appeals Board of the Class II-D Injection Well permit that was issued by the Environmental Protection Agency for the Zelman No. 1 well. I previously testified that I believed that it would be irresponsible to approve a permit in this location, and I remain convinced that the proper decision in this matter would be to deny this permit application.

“In my verbal testimony at the EPA’s public hearing held in Luthersburg on Dec. 10, 2012, I expressed concern that nearly two dozen nearby homes rely on drinking water wells within one quarter mile of the proposed injection site. Four of these residences are within 1,000 feet, which constitutes the presumptive liability radius under Title 58, Section 3218 of Pennsylvania law. The drinking water wells within this radius are significant cause for concern as to the potential impacts of this injection well. In their Response Summary, the EPA incorrectly noted on page 11, item 12 that ‘there are no drinking water wells located within the one-quarter mile area of review.’ Such an inaccuracy calls into question the reliability of the data that was used in the issuance of the permit.”

If you have questions about this event or any legislative issue, please contact Gabler’s DuBois office at (814) 375-4688 or his St. Marys office at (814) 781-6301.

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