And this, Gov. Corbett, is exactly why we need stricter controls on Marcellus Shale fracking:
A Greene County man was charged today with wreaking environmental catastrophe by illegally dumping vast quantities of wastewater from 2003 to 2009 in a half-dozen counties.
Robert A. Shipman, 49, of New Freeport, turned himself in at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Waynesburg and was arraigned on 98 charges.
“This was a calculated and long-running scheme to personally profit by illegally dumping wastewater, regardless of the potential for environmental damage,” acting state Attorney General Bill Ryan said in a statement.
Various businesses hired Mr. Shipman and his company, Allan’s Waste Water Service, of Holbrook, to haul and dispose of waste, which included Marcellus Shale drilling wastewater, sludge and restaurant slop.
Mr. Shipman allegedly directed his drivers to mix the waste together and then dump it in parts of Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
An investigating grand jury recommended criminal charges.
Allan’s Waste Water Service is charged with 77 criminal counts.