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Friday, October 15, 2010

Gas Well Drilling and Your Private Water Supply Workshop

Gas, Water Workshop to Be Held in Galeton

The Penn State School of Forest Resources and Cooperative Extension will hold a seminar entitled "Gas Well Drilling and Your Private Water Supply Workshop" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 19, at St Bibiana’s Church Social Hall or the Galeton Senior Center in Galeton, PA.

Penn State Water Resources Extension Educator, Jim Clark, will discuss pre-drill water testing by gas companies and voluntary testing by landowners, how to test water quality, reading water test reports, and the use of accredited water labs.

The latter part of the program will be dedicated to discussing research being conducted. Penn State and the Cooperative Extension have received funding from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center to study the potential impacts of Marcellus gas drilling on rural drinking water wells.

Statewide, about 200 private water wells near completed Marcellus gas well sites will be selected for free post-drilling water testing of several water quality parameters. More...


Anonymous said...

If I wanted to have my water tested now, before drilling starts in my area, what would be the best way to go about it, and what would be the appeoximate cost?

Anonymous said...

You MUST get tier 3 testing at an approximate cost of $800.00. Any lesser testing will be irrelevant to the DEP if you have a problem. There is a lab in Wellsboro.

Anonymous said...

Please excuse my typing error. I meant to type "approximate".

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the information.

Ultra said they would be testing our water, but would not give us the results unless we paid for them. Nice, huh?

Anonymous said...

I believe Ultra will only test your water if you are within 2500 feet of the pad. Are you in the Galeton area? Button Hollow, Pigeon Hill, Mitchell Rd area?

Some info for those who are not familiar with the situation.

Part 1 - http://blip.tv/file/3465814

Part 2 - http://blip.tv/file/3465766

Part 3 - http://blip.tv/file/3465805

Movie referenced in video - http://www.api.org/policy/exploration/hydraulicfracturing//hydraulicfracturing.cfm

Jim -

I don't know if you've already posted these or would like to so folks can get a wider understanding of the scope of what is taking place.

Anonymous said...

Ever wonder why home owners should have to test there water with money out of there own pockets just to prove that they have good drinking water? If no one has complain before drilling takes place then why should the water be tested.... If it goes bad and drilling is in the area isn't it like Duh? They would be the cause?
That's a lot of money to be putting out just to say you've been drinking your water long before the drilling started?

Anonymous said...

I don't wonder why. It's clear, it's big business who can bankrupt homeowners one by one in court. And it's politicians like Tom Corbett that receive a 1/3 of a million from the industry and turn a blind eye to the Joe Taxpayers problems. On top of it, Republicans want to make PA the only state that doesn't tax the companies. Geez, and I'm a republican. How's this, levy a reasonable tax on the drillers, bank the money in a fund that assist homeowners with ruined water and property values. If there an no claims use the money to repair the roads and infrastructure that is being severely stressed.

Anonymous said...

Cry all you want, but realize this

He who has the gold makes the rules.

Invest in getting your water tested to create a baseline for the future.

Anonymous said...

Many people that have tested their water pre-drill in other areas of PA, have found that their water is not as "pure" as they previously believed.

Anonymous said...

I am a bit west of Galeton.

Anonymous said...

12:59:00 PM

I agree with you!

Don't ya just hate it when they say the republicans want this or that?

It happens in both parties!

Just because the one running for the position feels that way it does not mean the "party" does!

I do not want another democrate in office for governor of our state (Fast Eddie was a joke) but as of right now, I have no one else to vote for that comes close to how I feel about most of the issues at hand!

Anonymous said...


I was only stating the facts as they are. The "party" does feel that way,do you read the news? The current republicans had stalled on voting on a tax (session has now recessed). This therefore making the only state that is a major producer not to tax. It is not a pro or con argument against gas drilling. I am a registered republican but not a blind sheep. When income taxes are boosted to pay for the already pre-drilling shaky infrastructure we'll end up with another Fast Eddie type in office. States are broke and Casinos are not going to be the savior.