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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Laurie would like you to support Monitor Air Downwind of Frack Waste by making a donation and helping spread the word.

https://www.gofundme.com/coudersport-borough-air-monitoring?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sharing_image&utm_campaign=invite_n
On July 12, 2017 Coudersport Area Municipal Authority (CAMA) voted unanimously to approve a land lease to Epiphany Environmental LLC, a company planning to construct a centralized wastewater treatment facility to store, chemically treat, distill and mist the waste fluid produced from the region’s many unconventional wells. The waste fluid processing facility will be located upwind of Coudersport Elementary School and Coudersport Borough.

After residents recently learned of CAMA’s plans to lease to Epiphany, a number of residents began releasing helium balloons from the site of the proposed facility. And the wind carried several of these balloons downwind over Coudersport Borough and the Coudersport Elementary School.

These are my comments I submitted to the CAMA the night they approved the lease.

I am asking for funding to purchase four air monitoring units, to monitor the air quality downwind of the unconventional wastewater treatment facility. If successful, one unit will be mounted on a nearby home which is located less than 500 feet from CAMA’s leased land. The people who live there have pre-existing respiratory conditions. One unit will be mounted near the Coudersport Elementary School and 2 units will be placed at homes downwind in Coudersport Borough.

Each unit will cost $199.00 . My goal is to get 4 units in place by Sept. 1, 2017 when Epiphany’s lease begins. If my goal is exceeded, all additional funding will go toward purchasing more air monitoring units and they will be placed in other locations downwind.

Residents of the area had no voice in this matter. The CAMA board members voted to lease to Epiphany with very little input from the community. I understand the limitations of monitoring the air quality and do not believe these units are a solution. But as a concerned member of the community I am committed to work with others to work toward a more acceptable solution. And these air monitors would be a useful tool, enabling myself and other residents to gather much needed air quality data.

So please help me reach my goal. No donation would be too small. Each donation would bring me one step closer to providing the community with air monitoring devices. And whether you donate or not, you can still help by sharing this with others. Thank you in advance for your help!

13 comments :

Anonymous said...

I can't completely recall, but I remember an article of opinions by our commissioners, showing complete support of this project and rather bragging of the funds that would be received in connection with this project. If I remember correctly, Paul Hiemel was the spokesman on the project, again supporting the incomes received because of the fracking in out County, which has always been a feather in the caps of commissioners hats, bring large sums of money here from this industry. If I am not recalling who made this presentation, I apologize for my error. I do however remember their support. If anyone can elaborate or comment on this presentation, please feel free to comment, correct, or inform of my error on this matter, but money was the great reasoning behind approval and yes encouragement of said project.

Anonymous said...

Were is this going to be placed??

Anonymous said...

MONEY !!!
MONEY !!!
MONEY !!!
MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL..

Anonymous said...

I believe that Epiphany should be responsible (financially and morally) for monitoring the air quality nearby. Perhaps CAMA could make this monitoring a provision of the lease, or perhaps the Borough/County could ask for the monitoring? It is a minimal amount of money for the company and could save them a lot of money in the long run. In addition to fines and other expenses incurred, JKLM had to contribute $100,000 to partner with the Triple Divide Watershed Association to monitor public drinking water supplies as part of their restitution for violations of DEP law associated with the Reese Hollow incident: http://files.dep.state.pa.us/RegionalResources/NCRO/documents/201610240920.pdf

As long as PA law allows fracking and all of its ancillary services to be performed in our state, we need to hold the companies doing business in this sector (and making a lot of money in the process) accountable for their actions. Unfortunately, public health is all too often sacrificed for profit. If the fracking industry wants to avoid being involved in a costly, prolonged legal battle down the road, it should do as much as possible to ensure public safety NOW!

Anonymous said...

All one has to do is "follow the money!"

Anonymous said...


Would it not be more feasible to have the triple divide water shed group handle such a project, if it is to occur. They have or know experienced individuals to collect and share the data received. Letting someone collect money personally for a community project, even of this nature, is not wise. These comments are meant to protect the individual and the potential donors.

Anonymous said...

Is this what the zombies were walking the streets last week???

Anonymous said...

The comment at 12:18 is way off base. The county government has nothing to do with this and there is no way the county would be getting funds or bragging about it (?). Maybe you are thinking of the Coudersport Area Municipal Authority and the comments by their lawyer George Stenhach about the impact this could have on that organization's debt and finances and such. I think you are referring to that 12:18 and also I haven't seen any of our commissioner's seeing something like this as a "feather in their hats" because again they don't have anything to do with it. I have been following this for some time and I am certain about that. Maybe you could acknowledge your mistake here. There was also support from a local Trout Unlimited officer. Maybe that's what you were thinking of? Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I believe the correct biblical quote is " the love of money is the root of all evil"

Jethro Bodine says so. said...

I continue to chuckle at all of the Chicken Littles repeating that this facility is going to be located "DOWNWIND of the school". Hey, that's a great thing!! If it were UPWIND of the school, then maybe you MAY have a concern. UPWIND means the wind is blowing TOWARDS the school, DOWNWIND means the wind will be blowing AWAY from the school. Which is it? Upwind? Downwind?

Anonymous said...

Post 12.51, ok I hereby admit my mistakes, I already admitted the possibility in my post. I hope you aren't offended by my post. There I'm wrong, I'm wrong, sorry I presented my opinion and it offended. I didn't mean too. I admit it most people wouldn't do that, thank you, you were quite polite and didn't even call me stupid out loud. Thank you. Signing off as I should have done before presenting this premise.

Anonymous said...

How many members of CAMA live, have family, own real estate in the immediate down wind area? Sure as hell real estate prices will be negatively affected by this project. WILL ASSEMEnTS FOR TAX PURPOSES BE ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY?

Anonymous said...

I have to add this to your gripes... You all complain, complain, complain, but you sure do enjoy the monies you reap from these companies who rework your road to make them better, and bring business into your towns establishments,ie, restaurants, motels, bars, convenient stores, and other establishments to bring up your commerce. In other words making your towns and boroughs, and villages money on the gas that's just there for the pickens'.
But all you people do is complain,complain, complain. It's like OMGosh they are going to kill us. Guess what.. Not!!! They are making your local commerce and our state money.. Why do you think our Stupid Governor wants to tax them so bad..Yea,,that's right.. they are making a profit, and we live in a Commonwealth, and he wants all of it.. So Do your research, talk to people that work in the industry, get your facts from them before you start passing judgement. This industry supports a lot of local homes, and without it there would be a lot more people on the unemployment lines. Just some food for thought from a wife of a water truck driver.