According to Erin Wells, PA DEP Local Government Liaison (Northwest Region); because of a lawsuit filed in Warren County, DEP will not be issuing any brine spreading permits this year until the permit process can be rewritten and vetted.
She was pretty sure nothing would be approved this year at all.
In a matter pending before the Environmental Hearing Board (PSATS intervened at the request of numerous members), DEP stated that it did not have authority under the Solid Waste Management Act to grant approval to a company that contracted with numerous municipalities to spread salt brine from conventional natural gas wells for dust control and road stabilization on dirt and gravel roads. DEP laid out several alternatives through which spreading of salt brine could potentially be conducted, but it is unclear whether any of those will be implemented. As such, townships that typically use salt brine for dust control and road stabilization should prepare to potentially use alternate methods this summer.
There are two bills pending in the General Assembly
(Senate Bill 1088 and House Bill 2154) that would permit this type of brining to continue. Regarding “Brine for Dust Control”. Contact your-
State House Rep Brad Roae [District 06] at:
900 Water Street
Meadville, PA 16335
Fax: (814) 337-7680
Or the Capitol-
162B East Wing
PO Box 202006
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2006
Fax: (717) 260-6505
State Senator Michele Brooks [Senate District 50]
Senate Box 203050
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3050
Room: 351 Main Capitol
FAX: (717) 772-0577
Her local office-
100 Hadley Road
3 Greenville Plaza West
Greenville, PA 16125
FAX: (724) 588-5464
Senate Bill # 1088 and the House Bill # 2154.
Both of these bills are the ones to reference regarding Brine for Dust Control.
The Blue Recycle Bins have been removed.
The Crawford County Solid Waste Authority has shut down the program.
Listed as reasons for removal of all bins are:
The dumping all types of garbage and rubbish, some of which contaminated the recyclable materials in the bins, decreased funding from all government sources, and a lower resale value for the price of the recyclables.
To continue recycling,
contact your trash hauler for further information.