Complaint and Compliance
Documenting and reporting to the proper agency is critical to your protection
Lights, Noise, Action. Lots of action! As unconventional gas development commences in Penn Township, residents will be exposed to the different stages of this heavy industrial process in close proximity to our homes, businesses, and schools. These stages include construction of well pads, drilling of vertical and horizontal bores, hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), flowback wastewater management, and completion.
Undeniably, each stage of this process brings with it unwanted impacts to our quiet, rural community. Some of the issues are, but not limited to, bright lighting, loud constant noise, truck traffic, dust filled air, and safety hazards. It is a misconception that state and local regulations alone will ensure your protection. And with over 50 wells currently proposed by Apex and Huntley & Huntley in our township, residents need to be extremely aware of their surroundings. Citizen watchdogs are our best defense against violations and non-compliance.
It is imperative that citizens of the community are vigilant and active in protecting themselves, their property, and their environment. Documenting activity you see that doesn't follow local or DEP regulations is important because enforcement agencies don't necessarily know about or give attention to violations being committed unless you speak up and report them. You can follow the steps below to properly document and report violations.
Tips for documenting and reporting violations
1.Track how development affects your daily life. Keep a journal as a record of what happened and when. You have rights under the Pennsylvania Constitution to clean air and pure water. Authorities must address your concerns and take steps to mitigate any potential harm or nuisance affecting you or your family.
3. Take time-stamped pictures or video of activities that are affecting you, in particular, dust, smoke, excessive noise, or smells that indicate fugitive emissions.
4. Contact responsible parties to voice your concerns and demand an appropriate response.
- Contact officials and companies in writing, so there is documentation of your complaint. Quite often, complaints taken by phone do not become part of the permanent record. Written complaints will establish a timeline of the complaint and demonstrate how the government has responded to it.
- Citizens can see the timeline of a violation or complaint and documentation associated with it through a Right To Know or Freedom of Information request filed with the entity that handled the complaint.
Track inspections from your complaint
Be sure to follow up on complaints you have filed you can track inspections on the DEP's Oil and Gas Mapping website. Click here to download detailed instructions for locating the well sites and the results of inspections.
Let us know if your expectations were met by local or state authorities. We would like to help you by ensuring that the agencies responsible for addressing your concerns are meeting expectations and they are being held responsible for public welfare. Please fill out our online form and tell us how the above individuals responded.
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Penn Township Local Government Contacts
Ward 1 Commissioner, Jeff Shula: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 2 Commissioner, Grant Pence: email@example.com
Ward 3 Commissioner, Chuck Konkus: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 4 Commissioner, Tim Gwynn: email@example.com
Ward 5 Commissioner, Larry Harrison: firstname.lastname@example.org
Twp. Manager, Vacant:
Zoning Officer, Mike Stack: email@example.com
Not sure what ward you are, click here for a map
State and Federal Contacts
DEP (state) and EPA (federal) oversee shale gas development regulations. For some tips on how to best document and report a problem, click here for Environmental Integrity Project 's complaint guidelines.
DEP Complaint Hotline: Kurt Smith 412-442-4184 or 1-866-255-5158, or file an online complaint here.
EPA’s Eyes on Drilling Hotline: 877-919-4372 (877-919-4EPA)