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Friday, September 30, 2011

Private Drinking Water Testing Available

Private Drinking Water Testing Available

$150,000 has been secured through the Colcom Foundation’s grant program “Marcellus Environmental Fund” for the Headwaters Quality Drinking Water Project to provide low income families in Jefferson, Elk, Potter, Cameron, Clinton, Centre, and McKean Counties with funding to secure chain of custody water sample analyses of their private water supplies prior to Marcellus Shale Gas Well Drilling activities.

RC&D will partner with various organizations and agencies including the Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences Water Resources Department. This Department has developed many valuable tools for homeowners such as the Master Well Owners Network, Private Water System Management, and other educational resources.

For more information contact Heather McKean, McKean County Conservation District’s Watershed Conservationist at 814-887-4003 or hsmckean@mckeancountypa.org. Applications can be obtained at the McKean County Conservation District located at 17137 Route 6 in Smethport.

The Headwaters Resource, Conservation, & Development Council (RC&D) is tasked with providing “local leadership to improve the economic, environmental, and social well being of the people of Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, and Potter counties in north-central Pennsylvania”.

16 comments :

Anonymous said...

why should it go to low income families? It's not right we should even have to do it.. If your drinking your water obliviously it's good. no one can drink nasty water... I have money but it's all going somewhere it pains me to think just because I can afford it I can pay for my own... Not right...

Anonymous said...

I know many a folk that can't get assistance with heating, food, etc because they make $10/20 above the cut off but struggle to live with the bare essentials.

Anonymous said...

Obama-nomics

Is this the change YOU voted for.

Anonymous said...

@4:40pm...

The long steady decline of the middle class began some time around 1980.

This is no time for politics, especially the politics of ignorance.

Anonymous said...

Why do so many people want so much for FREE...what do you think is wrong with our great nation? Giving to everyone that is holding their hand out for free $$$$. Very tired of hearing people whine because they have to pay for something..If you don't like it,,get a job and yes there are jobs out there. The choice is yours. Set on your butt, complain and wish with your hand out taking from the few that work and have to support you!

Anonymous said...

gimme gimme gimme. damn if i'll pay for it.

Anonymous said...

Well you see, first they whined because there was not going to be ANY assistance for testing for private wells. Now that there is limited assistance available to help those that need it the most with the testing, they get to whine because it is not free for everyone. It just goes to prove that no matter how much is given, there will be those that have to whine about something. No grant available today will cover the entire cost of whatever it is that you are applying for, there has to be give and take. No grant available will cover all demographics, there ultimately will be someone that is excluded. Our country is bordering on bankruptcy, yet everyone wants something for nothing. If we continue down the path that we are on, there is going to come a time when none of us will have anything and we will ALL have the chance to whine that we should have done more with less and made due with what we had. Just ask the folks that were around during the great depression, they will be the first to tell you that our country has grown soft, weak, dependent and lazy. Get off your ass and do for yourself. Expect nothing for nothing and be grateful when you do get something, you will be a much happier and less dependent person for it.

Anonymous said...

I have a job and I'm one of those that support the lazy asses that are sucking my pay.. But I too have to pay my bills yet I'm not considered lower class.. I should be aloud to have my water tested!

Anonymous said...

This is America damn it!! I want it yesterday! I want more than i need ! And isure as hell don't want to pay for it!! Let the rich pay for it!! You gotta love obama-nomics!!!!

Anonymous said...

Everyone's well should be baseline tested.
These multi-national corporations pose the risk to send the gas overseas to benefit foreign countries...citizens and municipalities should not be forced to pay to have water wells baseline tested and monitored,whether they could afford it or not.

The ( Williamsport office )DEP takes water samples and performs FREE water tests if you suspect your well has been impacted by drilling. The DEP allows the risk to be posed...they should be utilized whenever anyone wants to know if their well water is safe to drink.

Anonymous said...

Every water well within a mile of a marcellus well should be tested. The company deilling the well should be charged an impact fee to have the water wells tested. These people are at risk for the rest of their lives. Tax payers shouldn`t have to pay a dime !

Anonymous said...

Has the West St - Niles Hill town water supply been "base tested"?

Anonymous said...

Operators should be required to baseline test and monitor all private and public water sources in the watershed area where they pose a risk.
Until a plan is put in place to finance,test and monitor all private and municipal sources that have been put at risk,hydraulic fracturing horizontal wells should be banned.

The Impact fees should go toward plugging abandon,orphan and unplugged wells that cause the most contamination or pose the greatest risk of allowing methane to migrate near populated areas.

The remainder should be put in a trust fund to cover the cost of monitoring future abandon wells.

The wells and environment around the newer shale wells will need to be monitored for centuries.
They can not be left behind un- monitored like the vertical wells of the past.

Cement casings will shrink and degrade over time, the steel casings will rust....future generations should not be forced to deal with the contamination and be required to pay for our greed.

Anonymous said...

Amen 8:52

Anonymous said...

If it looks like gas, tastes like gas and smells like gas, it probably IS gas, dont drink it, SELL IT!

Anonymous said...

I don't care who is paying for it. Get your water tested! You have no proof that your water was ever good if you don't have a test before the fracking destroys your water.