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Trout Unlimited expert testifies in senate subcommittee hearing

Trout Unlimited’s Eastern Water Project Director Katy Dunlap, testified about the impacts of shale drilling on Eastern forests, brook trout and coldwater resources before a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing. Dunlap said natural resources in the region are in potential danger from the effects of drilling for shale gas production. Dunlap pointed to specific concerns about the location of well pads, wastewater storage areas, water withdrawals from small headwater streams, spills and leaks of toxic substances and the management, storage and disposal of drilling wastewater. In her testimony, Dunlap urged Congress to take a more careful look at the full range of gas development impacts on water resources, and to consider reinstating the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act provisions to protect those resources from gas development. Dunlap’s full testimony is available at www.tu.org/dunlaptestimony.

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