Parker Waichman LLP Supports John Hanger’s Call to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to Reopen its Investigation of WPX Energy’s Gas Drill

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Former Secretary of the Pennsylvania DEP, John Hanger, is now calling for the agency to re-open a probe into methane and heavy metal contamination, believed to be the result of the gas exploration activities. WPX’s gas drilling is believed to have tainted the water supplies of families living in Franklin Forks, Pennsylvania.

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Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting victims of toxic exposures, supports John Hangers call to the PADEP to reopen its prior investigation into the cause of groundwater contamination that has left three families’ potable water supplies unfit for consumption. The PADEP, relying on a report prepared for, and paid by, WPX, determined that WPX’s drilling activities were not the cause of the water contamination. (

Parker Waichman LLP also supports Mr. Hanger’s call for the establishment of an independent body within PADEP to handle drilling complaints. Environmental attorney, William J. Dubanevich of Parker Waichman LLP in Port Washington, New York, who represents the families and property owners whose water is now tainted, has filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board challenging PADEP’s determination of “No Impact.”

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