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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bradford Township Residents Complain Drilling Disrupted Their Water Quality

Owners of two area oil companies in compliance with relevant laws and DEP at Hedgehog Lane site

Responding to a number of complaints voiced by Hedgehog Lane residents at a Bradford Township supervisors meeting last week, the owners of two area oil companies said Friday that their operations have always complied with relevant laws and the state Department of Environmental Protection.

A DEP official confirmed their compliance Monday.

According to Freda Tarbell, DEP’s community relations coordinator, since October, a few Notices of Violation have been issued to Schreiner Oil and Gas Inc. of Ohio and Aiello Brothers Oil and Gas Inc. of Marshburg, and the companies have rectified all the issues to date.

Tarbell added that the notices issued against the companies aren’t “out of the ordinary” when it comes to oil and gas developments.

“We have received complaints from seven families,” Tarbell said. “We are still actively investigating out there.”

Tarbell said the complaints were focused on water quality, so DEP officials have taken samples at six different private water wells, taking multiple samples from four of the wells.



Some of the results are still pending analysis, but, Tarbell said, DEP officials did find that one well on Hedgehog Lane was “influenced by oil and gas activity.” More...

14 comments :

Anonymous said...

The man that leased to the oil and gas company has all the rights here. He pays taxes on the land and he can do what he wants on it. It doesn't matter that he has ruined his neighbors well, so what, who cares! The neighbor has no right to complain. He can buy bottled water to drink and truck in water to flush with. Who cares what happens to him, he is just mad that he is not making money on his land.If he doesn't like living there, he can move. Oh I forgot, with the water ruined, who would buy his place. He very well has lost everthing, but who cares as long as the lesser made money. Who gives a sh-t about the neighbors, they have no rights! Remember, lessors have ALL the rights, neighbors have no rights.

Anonymous said...

The lessor did not ruin the well, the lessee did. If the well was ruined by the drilling/fracing of the well, then the exploration company is obligated to resolve the issue or pay restitution. It is the right of the lessor to allow wells to be drilled on his/her property and I would assume that the water contamination ws not done with willful intent. Sometimes terrible things happen to good people. Lets hope that the exploration company that caused such a tragedy takes measures to correct the problem and also to make sure that this does not happen again in the future.

Anonymous said...

Did you miss the part of the article that said that the tests show that there was no direct influence from gas and oil wells?
Judging by your comments, I would be willing to bet that you are a firm believer that this is a coverup conspiracy by the DEP as well... Waaaaaaaaaaa

Anonymous said...

To Post 5:10;
About time you woke up to that.

Anonymous said...

So how long do we have to wait till you turn this into another wind turbine blog.You are itching to do it,so "Get er Done!"

Anonymous said...

5:36 poster--Do you mean missed this part--Some of the results are still pending analysis, but, Tarbell said, DEP officials did find that one well on Hedgehog Lane was “influenced by oil and gas activity.”

Anonymous said...

When the wind turbines come there will be wide spread destruction and many tears, but it will be to late by then. It is happening just up the road in Cohoton right now and those turbines have just started spinning. It will be all under the wachful eye of DEP. Oh, I feel so safe.

Anonymous said...

There are laws in place that make it mandatory to identify and send certified letters to landowners (leased or unleased) of the drilling activity and options for water testing. If they are affected, it is the oil and gas companies obligation to rectify the situation.

Anonymous said...

Laws and rules can be bought and bent.

Anonymous said...

"Laws and rules can be bought and bent"...

And there has been no better teacher of this than our very own elected representatives in Washington DC!

"It will be all under the watchful (corrected for ya) eye of DEP. Oh, I feel so safe."...

As well you should, you bitch when they do nothing, bitch when they enforce, guess there is a pattern here!

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me who a person should contact if they found bacteria in their water and suspect it is from a neighboring gas/oil well?

Solomon's words for the wise said...

PA DEP http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/dep/site/default.asp

Anonymous said...

DEP told me to stop by and pick up some chlorine tablets and treat your well. That really doesn't take care of the source of the problem.. Thanks for the web site anyway.

Anonymous said...

If you have bacteria,you better check your septic system not a gas well.Same old ,same old.