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Parker Waichman LLP Files Appeal over the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Ruling that Natural Gas Wells Did not Harm Couple's Drinking Water Supply
Date:6/4/2013

New York, New York (PRWEB) June 04, 2013

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the victims of toxic exposures, filed a Notice of Appeal (docket no. 2013067) on May 28, 2013, on behalf of a Pennsylvania couple before that Commonwealth’s Environmental Hearing Board; it challenges an earlier Determination (58 Pa. C.S. & 3218) by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that proclaimed that certain gas well operations did not contaminate the couple’s drinking water supply. The couple is alleging that the Determination is arbitrary and capricious and not based on any supporting scientific data or evidence.

The Appeal alleges that the Determination is unclear regarding where the samples were collected from and does not include some basic information, such as the sample collector’s name, the number of samples taken, and how the samples were collected and transported for testing. The Appeal also alleges that the Determination does not reveal the method used to analyze the samples for contaminants. In addition, it only offers results for a limited number of contaminants, not mentioning whether the samples were tested for other contaminants. Also allegedly missing from the analysis, according to the Appeal, are details about the contamination levels of public water sources in the Plaintiff’s region prior to the drilling of a number of DePue Wells, which WPX Appalachia LLC and WPX Energy Inc. own and operate, according to court papers.

The Appeal concludes by requesting that the Environmental Hearing Board order the Department to investigate and determine whether the Plaintiffs’ water supply was impacted by the gas well drilling, or fracking.

Hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) specifically refers to a type of drilling that combines water, sand and other ch
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