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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Eighty Volunteers Trained As Pine Creek "Water Dogs"

pinecreekDozens of citizens along the Pine Creek watershed, including some from Potter County, have been trained as volunteers to monitor the environmental impact of natural gas drilling in the region. A training session this month brought 50 volunteers, added to a network of 30 monitors trained earlier this year as “Water Dogs.”

They were instructed how to spot adverse effects from gas drilling by the Pine Creek Headwaters Protection Group and Tioga County Planning Director Jim Weaver, who is the group’s advisor. According to Weaver, early development of gas wells in Marcellus Shale formations has shown that about five million gallons or water are being used per well for hydrofracturing, with 10 to 30 percent coming back to the surface.

Water Dogs were provided with a log book, water sample containers and other materials, including meters that measure the proportion of total dissolved solids (TDS) in waterways, including salt, minerals and metals. They were also asked to watch for road damage, truck traffic and noise, and fish kills.

DEP estimates that, on average, water returning to the surface from hydrofracturing has a concentration of 90,000 parts per million for TDS. In comparison, drinking water standards are set at 500 parts per million. Energy companies are taking steps to reuse the water for other wells to reduce the costs of treatment, which Weaver said is averaging $13 for every 42 gallons.

Additional training sessions will be scheduled, according to Erica Tomlinson, watershed specialist for the Tioga County Conservation District. She is available at 570-724-1801, extension 118. Potter County Today

14 comments :

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the state is recruting a bunch volunteers to do the jobs they get paid for ! What are they going to call it the RAT squad ? What if someone gets hurt while doing this who is liable ? The state ?

Anonymous said...

Water Dogs??? Are ya trying to sound scary? I think you have water filling up your heads! I think I will get 80 people together and stand over Weavers desk at the planning office and make sure he crosses every T and dots every i. We'll see how he works under those conditions. Oh and where are these H20 puppies when a farmer is plowing and spreading herbicide and pesticides on fields adjacent to the streams or when loggers are crossing them with skidders and forwarders??? What a bunch of BS. If you see these fools around you property feel free to turn them in for tresspassing. I know I will.

Muddy Waters said...

Are they going to do testing BEFORE they set the "water dogs" loose?! Seems like you would need to keep a log of testing to find out the norm.

What a joke, only in PA, Ha!

Anonymous said...

AMEN..TO:11:28...11:59...2:56...

Anonymous said...

Go waterdogs go! Your are welcome on my 20 acres alongside the Pine Creek anytime.

Anonymous said...

Good old Tioga County. As usual, you are way ahead of us on this issue while here in Potter County we blab on here about how proud we are to harm our neighbors' health and property values and quality of life because we have a right to and to hell with our neighbors. Who could possibly be opposed to the idea of citizens stepping in to be the eyes and ears of DEP in making sure environmental damage does not occur and, if it does, holding the offender accountable? Only in Potter County could something like that raise objections.

Anonymous said...

It'a amazing how that in the 30's through the late 50's a lot of wells were drilled in this area. Several men in our family worked on the rigs and carried home the sand and oil mix on their clothes. The sand "pumpings" ran down the hills and dried up. The odd thing is we are all alive and the trees and plants just kept on growing and the water is still fit to drink. Imagine that. Now it would appear that we will all be poisoned and every tree dead. You should look into how many water wells already have things like arsenic in them.

Anonymous said...

Nobody was drilling into the Marcellus Shale with millions of gallons of water mixed with toxic chemicals in the 1930s and 40s. Who said we will all be poisoned and every tree dead? I must have missed that. What do you mean "now it would appear"?

Anonymous said...

Water Dogs!!!
It’ll happen; one of these nuts will get hurt and they will sue the County and our Taxes will have to go up to support them as they will claim they were working for the County.

Anonymous said...

To the Naysayers of water protection, be glad that ANY one is looking out for your health and safety and that of your children. After all, you wouldn't want to drink potentially poisoned water, would you?? Am sure you would be appreciative to know if the next glass of water you drink will eventually kill you. Kudos to those who care enough about their neighbors and public safety to put service above self!

Anonymous said...

Are they Beagles; Bird Dogs; Coon Dogs or just run of the Mill--Mutts?

Anonymous said...

I will never understand why so many people in this county are against clean water, clean air, trees, fish, wildlife...Maybe they should all move to China, one of those villages where the water is black and the people die agonizing deaths at an alarming rate because the country does not care how industry pollutes. It will never cease to amaze me that so many gripe about people who want to make the environment safe for us all. Some people are and always will be ignorant, stupid, selfish, mean, etc. etc. I see it on this site all the time. Thank you so much for the intelligence that does shine through from time to time. You know who you are. In spite of the fact that you fight for the ignorant, keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Having a difference of opinion does not make one ignorant.

Anonymous said...

It also seems to amaze me also how you seem to want to be the saver of all person, when in reality you just have your own personal agenda. No matter how many people will be stepped on to get it.
You always seem to want to change Mother Nature, even to the point it causes more harm than good. Life will go on regardless of what you or I want or even say.