On August 2, 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced updates for its long-term Marcellus air-sampling study. The DEP started the study in July 2012, and announced in the August 2 release that sampling will continue in the southwest region of Pennsylvania until the end of 2013. The final report is expected to be complete in the spring of 2014.
According to the press release, three prior short term studies by the DEP did not detect levels of air pollutants that would violate federal air quality standards. Further, the previous studies did not detect any compounds associated with Marcellus drilling.
For more information on the DEP air quality report, visit the DEP Newsroom.
Written by: Garrett Lent, Research Assistant
Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center