Court: W. Pa. man can appeal DEP ruling

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- An environmental court has ruled that a western Pennsylvania man can appeal a state finding that his private water well was not contaminated by nearby Marcellus Shale gas drilling operations.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/KJ06X9 ) reports Tuesday that Loren Kiskadden can pursue a claim that a Department of Environmental Protection investigation of his complaint was inaccurate and incomplete.

The DEP argued that Kiskadden had no right to appeal, but the Environmental Hearing Board disagreed.

The paper says DEP spokesman Kevin Sunday declined to comment on a pending legal matter.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com