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Monday, November 17, 2008

And PA DEP Says "Take Shorter Showers"

Team 4: Pa. Streams Drained Dry By Drillers

Western Pa. Streams Emptied By Natural Gas Drilling

ThePittsburghChannel.Com

PITTSBURGH - Channel 4 Action News investigative reporter Jim Parsons has learned that government is doing more to protect water in eastern Pennsylvania than here in the western part of the state.

It's happening because of a drilling boom in the Marcellus Shale of western Pennsylvania. Getting through the Marcellus requires millions of gallons of water for each well. In western Pennsylvania, drillers don't need anyone's permission to pump all the water they want, free of charge.

What follows is a transcript of Parsons' report:

Solomon's words thanks Dr. Pete Ryan for sending this link

9 comments :

Anonymous said...

if this was about windmills you would have 30-40 comments already.
yes we need the drilling but it has to be controled especially when it is as dry as it has been,
as with the windmills they are needed but need some limits as to where they stand.
we need these alternative sources of energy and the factory in the Johnstown area that makes the blades for the turbines is EXPANDING

Anonymous said...

This issue is considerably more serious the windmils mentioned. We need both drinkable water & natural gas. Remember the ravages caused by coal mining & early logging to the streams. Hydrofracking is in its infancy currently & let us hope technology can work at balancing the issues. Coal & logging practices are a different situation today than what occured decades ago. Meanwhile.
Gas extraction from the Marcellus shale is water intensive as performed today. The water pumped deep down may or may not be contaminated-eventually it will rise to the surface.
CW

Anonymous said...

This just goes to show you what "raping" of the land can do to local areas...This nonsense needs to end or the end will be near for all of us..Let your voices be heard loud and clear, contact all of your local politicians and let them know this is not acceptable...
TB

Anonymous said...

I think the state needs to be monitoring the drilling very closely. They just released a drought watch for several PA counties. I understand we need to drill for gas, but NOT at the expense of our water! Bring on the windmills, get off the gas & oil!!

Anonymous said...

Want to see something sickening? Take a ride through the western Tioga State Forest, between Colton Point and the Potter County line, south of Rt 6 and see what's going on. Raping the land is an understatement.

Anonymous said...

There are so many uneducated and exaggerated comments about the natural gas industry. The water does not rise to the surface as one of the comments above states. This process (that is in its infancy) has been going on for quite some time in southern states where water is much more of an issue. It just seems the rest of the nation has a clue and wants a domestic form of energy. As far as the end drawing near, maybe with your mentality that would be a good thing for the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

I FOR ONE WOULD RATHER THE WATER RISE TO THE SURFACE THEN THE NATURAL GAS. IF THE GAS IS TRAPPED SO IS THE WATER.

THINK BEFORE YOU WRITE.

PA. IS MAKING A BIG MISTAKE! OTHER STATES WOULD WELCOME THIS INCOME.

John Q Public said...

5. Are there environmental concerns with drilling?
One gas extraction technique, called “hydrofracturing” uses highly pressurized water to
fracture rock formations deep underground. To improve performance, the water is usually mixed with lubricating chemicals. Though water quality problems with gas drilling have been uncommon due to modern regulations, monitoring, and enforcement, gas drilling waste water contamination is a possibility. The New York State Water Resources Institute at Cornell University cites well pad and access road sediment runoff, groundwater pollution, and stream contamination as legitimate concerns, particularly with Marcellus Shale drilling.


http://gasleasing.cce.cornell.edu/faq.html

I like drinking uncontaminated water.

Anonymous said...

"Take a ride through the western Tioga State Forest, between Colton Point and the Potter County line, south of Rt 6 and see what's going on"

What is going on?