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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Endeavor News Was There--On News Stands Now



Imagine an industry that could create hundreds of jobs in Potter County and pump millions of dollars into the local economy on an annual basis. Now, imagine the prospect of tens of millions of gallons of water being drawn from its source, fouled with pollutants and in need of treatment. This is nothing imaginary. It's real. Natural gas production is ramping up and seemingly knows no bounds. It will require vigilance on the part of public officials and the county's citizens. The accompanying photo illustrates the millions of gallons that will have to be brought to each drilling site to hydrofracture deeply buried shale and release the bounty of natural gas. See details in this week's Endeavor News.

Coudersport Area School Board members gathered this week to prepare for what should be a very eventful meeting on Monday night. Endeavor News was the only newspaper to send a reporter and you can read all about it on page 3 of this week's edition.

Plans are in place for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, blending remembrace, hope, compassion and fund-raising, with a little fun thrown in for good measure. See details in the Endeavor.

Motorcyclists gathered for a ride that raised about $9,000 for the Potter County Yellow Ribbon Teen Suicide Prevention Program and Endeavor News was there.

An organization affiliated with the St. Eulalia Catholic Church looks back on 55 years of serving the needy and providing some bargains to shoppers in the process. They're gearing up for the popular Rummage Sale at the Parish Center.

Hunters will want to take note of a new system for buying licenses that kicks in on Monday. There are also changes in the doe license application process. See the Outside section of this week's Endeavor News.

Austin Area School Board has approved a budget that will freeze taxes at their current rate for the 2009-10 school year.

Potter County Planning Commission met this week
to hear updates on the Pennsylvania Wilds tourist promotion strategies and prepare for a regional project to tie together recreation trails and "greenways." Endeavor News sent a reporter and there's an account on page 5.

See these stories and more in this week's Endeavor, available at businesses all around the Coudersport and Austin areas.

12 comments :

Deeply Concerned said...

"Now, imagine the prospect of tens of millions of gallons of water being drawn from its source, fouled with pollutants and in need of treatment. This is nothing imaginary."

I noticed that there is a new area just east of Galeton on Rt 6 that has been developed to allow pumps to suck water from the Pine Creek to be hauled to wells. I've heard that these pumps will be taking 400,000 gallons of water a day from the Pine. That's quite a bit of water.

Anonymous said...

Why not take the water that builds up in gravel pits?

Anonymous said...

400,000 gallons appears to be quite a high number. I wish they would post the average gallons that flow by the metering station where the water is drawn from. Wouldn't seem quite so high then I am sure

Anonymous said...

Apologies to the Endeavor newspaper. I wrote in another post that the newspapers were doing a disservice by not covering the school board meetings.
This gas industry is worrying me because it looks like they pollute a lot of water and right now do not have a way to clean it.
Potter County without our water is not much of a county all. I hope we do not sell ourselves down the creek because we are blindly chasing the almighty dollar.

Deeply Concerned said...

Stream Flow Chart For Pine Creek

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?01548500

Anonymous said...

Water can not just be used for gravel pits as suggested. PA residents do not own their water rights as many believe they do. Agencies such as the Susquehanna River Commission and Ohio River Comission actually have the "rights" to the water. Individual landowners are not permitted to sell water to natural gas drillers.

As far as treating the water that is used for drilling and fracing, many companies are working on, and some have been successful, in creating ways to treat this water. Hopefully local and state governments won't push companies out of the area before they ever get a chance to try to develope this resource.

Anonymous said...

"Hopefully local and state governments won't push companies out of the area before they ever get a chance to try to develope this resource."...

Amen to that!

Deeply Concerned said...

"As far as treating the water that is used for drilling and fracing, many companies are working on, and some have been successful, in creating ways to treat this water."

"Working on" and "having" are two different agendas. If they don't have the technology to clean and replace both the water and its byproducts, THEN A RESOUNDING NO TO DRILLING! AMEN TO THAT EH?

Anonymous said...

I work for a service company that has come up with a chemical that is used now with the already returned water from the well to be used for other fracs that would use less fresh water.

Anonymous said...

June 14, 2009 5:13:00 PM

This was good to hear, thanks! Amen, eh?!

Anonymous said...

They are going to make BILLIONS off this gas. They can afford to pump from lakes and truck water. Our local government should not allow them to take the "Cheap" way out.

Anonymous said...

Billions??
They are not Exon,and we are not the Mid East!