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Friday, February 27, 2009

Lycoming County Requires Gas Wells To Have Address

Commissioners: Gas wells must have registered address

By DAVID THOMPSON dthompson@sungazette.com

Sun Gazette

As expected, the Lycoming County commissioners Thursday passed a county ordinance that makes it mandatory for natural gas drilling sites to have an address registered with the county 911 Center.

County officials proposed the ordinance after it became apparent that gas drilling crews typically are from out-of-state and would have difficulty telling a 911 dispatcher where to send emergency responders.

"This (ordinance) will provided an added level of safety to workers on well sites," Kurt Hausammann Jr., director of county Department of Planning and Community Development, said. "(The county 911 Center) will be able to dispatch emergency services in an accurate manner."

Before the ordinance was passed, gas drillers working in the county opted to take 911 addresses on a voluntary basis, according to Craig Konkle, county Department of Public Safety operations and training supervisor.

"The industry has really stepped up to the plate," Konkle said recently. "They have done everything they've been asked to do as far as 911 addressing." More...

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