ANGA Statement on the Recent American Rivers Report
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Following is a statement by America’s Natural Gas Alliance Executive Vice President Tom Amontree on the release of the recent American Rivers report ranking America’s Top 10 Endangered Rivers.
“America’s Natural Gas Alliance members are committed to the safe and responsible development of natural gas. ANGA companies practice good stewardship of the land and environment every day as they produce this clean, domestic energy source. They also follow strict federal, state and local regulations.
“Natural gas development minimally affects the flow of water in the Susquehanna, as noted by Susquehanna River Basin Commission Executive Director Paul Swartz in a published report. Furthermore, after conducting tests in several waterways in the Marcellus shale area recently, the Pennsylvania American Water Co. found no indication that water had been impacted by Marcellus development.
“Pennsylvania has dramatically strengthened its regulatory oversight since 2008 and the industry has made extraordinary progress in water conservation and recycling. Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection has increased its inspection staff by 130 percent, strengthened well construction and water-management standards, and executed strong enforcement actions.
“The natural gas community takes its responsibility to be good environmental stewards seriously. It’s disappointing that instead of engaging in constructive, scientific dialogue, American Rivers has made unfounded claims about the natural gas production process.”
America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) represents 30 of North America’s leading independent natural gas exploration and production companies. ANGA members are dedicated to increasing the appreciation of the environmental, economic and national security benefits of clean, abundant, American natural gas. Learn more about ANGA at www.anga.us.
SOURCE America’s Natural Gas Alliance