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Friday, January 26, 2018

Seneca Nation Opposes Plan To Dump Treated Frack Waste Into The Allegheny River In Coudersport

Seneca Media & Communications Center
3 hrs ·

The Seneca Nation is calling upon the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) to reject permit applications for a destructive water quality management and discharge plan at the headwaters of the Allegheny River that would have severe impacts on the Nation’s Allegany Territory, located 65 miles downstream from the project.

In a letter to PA DEP officials, Seneca Nation President Todd Gates called for the denial of the proposed plan by Epiphany Allegheny, LLC (Epiphany) and the Coudersport Area Municipal Authority (CAMA) that would allow for the transport, treatment and release of thousands of gallons of dangerous wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) into the Allegheny River.

“Allowing this plan to move forward would permit poisonous contaminants to travel downstream into New York State and onto the sovereign ancestral lands of the Seneca Nation, which sit upon the Ohi:yo (Allegheny River),” stated President Gates. “The Seneca people have a deep spiritual connection with the land and we depend on our natural resources, including native plants, trees, wildlife, fish and water. These resources are critical components of our culture. We will zealously defend and protect what remains of our territories and our natural resources, which would be further threatened by this dangerous plan.”

The current plan by Epiphany calls for wastewater created by fracking, a practice not legal in New York State nor authorized on Seneca Nation lands, to be transported to the CAMA wastewater plant in Eulalia Township, where it would be treated and released into the Allegheny River system. The proposed treatment facility would discharge up to 42,000 gallons of treated fracking water into the river each day, although the plant can process between 20,000 – 80,000 gallons daily. Water used for fracking in Pennsylvania contains high levels of radiation.

In his letter, President Gates contends that during extreme high water events, which are a regular occurrence in the region, contaminated sediment from the facility will be transported and deposited downstream, ultimately accumulating in the Allegheny Reservoir, which sits on Seneca Nation Territory. The reservoir was created by the construction of the Kinzua Dam in the 1960s, when 10,000 acres of Seneca land was condemned by the United States government and approximately 600 residents were removed from their homes.

Further, President Gates explained, the proposed treatment facility would be located in a 100-year floodplain. In the event of a flood or spill, thousands of gallons of untreated hazardous and radioactive material stored on-site would be released directly into the Allegheny River.
“Allowing pollutants to be released into the river and transported downstream would create imminent health risks for thousands of residents of Pennsylvania, New York and the Seneca Nation,” he said.

President Gates said the Seneca Nation was not consulted on the proposed changes that would allow the treatment of the hazardous wastewater from fracking, as a sovereign government located downstream from the project site. The Nation is calling upon the State of New York, communities between Eulalia Township and the Nation’s Allegany Territory, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Department of the Interior, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, to stand together to halt the proposed activity.

“There is no proven technology that allows for the complete treatment of wastewater from fracking, particularly in the Marcellus shale region,” he said. “Allowing this project to move forward would be a reckless assault on Mother Earth, the resources of the Ohi:yo, the health of thousands downstream and future generations.”

Written comments of any length may be provided to Thomas Randis, Environmental Program Manager, at 208 West Third Street, Suite 101, Williamsport, PA 17701, or via email at RA-EPNCEPIPHANY@pa.gov, no later than January 29, 2018.

32 comments :

Mary Anne said...

Thank God for the Seneca Nation!!! I hope with their help this mistake can be averted.

Robert Ford said...

Go to credo action to sign petition

Anonymous said...

Excellent

Anonymous said...

Seneca Nation already lost on the Kinzua Dam project issue.

Anonymous said...

Laurie Barr said: Thank you Seneca Nation President Todd Gates! The citizens of Potter County are privileged to be stewards of the Allegheny Headwaters. And as stewards, it’s essential we protect the watershed. The plan to use CAMA’s sewage plant as a location to dispose of JKLM’s frack waste is reprehensible.

And CAMA’s willingness to accept a legal liability of this magnitude is troublesome.

Anonymous said...

CAMA should stop. They obviously don’t have the ability to fight all the legal opposition to this project. It only makes sense to tuck your tail and go back to taking care of shit.
CAMA wake up and look around. Look at the only people that want this to happen, non of them are the people you serve.

Anonymous said...

Could they put some old tires on the road to the waste treatment facility and set them on fire to stop this?

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness the Seneca Nation is looking out for us. We obviously can't count on our local watershed associations. It seems pretty strange that all 3 made statements supporting the project. They must have been paid off by JKLM in some way. Everyone needs to start attending CAMA meetings.

Anonymous said...

Yes the local watershed organizations (UAWA) received a donation from JKLM and it didn't take much to buy their support.

Anonymous said...

12:55 money will buy a lot of people off but it won't buy lives and there will be a lot of lives in jeopardy

Anonymous said...

Who, or what organization proposed this ?
Common sense dictates this is a big sin against mankind.
Obama put Monsanto people in all high agricultural posts-this assures our food supplies will be poisoned-now the powers that be want to pollute our water--JUST SAY NO NO NO

Anonymous said...

Re: 1:46:00 PM JKLM Energy Proposed this.
It all began in April of 2016 when Scott Blauvelt of JKLM Energy LLC laid out the plan for Borough Manager Bev Morris. His proposal was to use the sewage treatment plant as a location to dispose of their frack waste, citing JKLM has to haul their waste to Ohio. This is not accurate. JKLM’s waste is managed at ZERO discharge facilities in Kane and Smethport.

Anonymous said...

The potential for legal exposure seems high. And opposition is strengthening. I hope Stenhach isn't all they got, because the sewage board may be in some deep shit.

I can’t hear you!! said...

Who cares what the Seneca “nation” says? They have ZERO say in MY country. They may as well be Libya. They claim to care about the environment yet they burned 100s, possibly 1,000s of tires in “protest” of something they didn’t like? Did they ever repay NYS or the Feds for the damage they caused to I-86 when they did that? Were they fined for the open burning of tires? How much particulate matter from burning rubber was sent airborne and spread into MY country?
THIS EXCERPT FROM ELAW: The study shows that emissions from the burning of tires are a serious threat to human health. Specifically, emissions from burning tires are highly mutagenic (more mutagenic than emissions from the burning of all other bulk materials that researchers have tested). Emissions from burning tires contains significant amounts of the following known human carcinogens: benzene, 1,3-butadiene, and benz[a]pyrene. They claim to care about the environment yet they pull a stunt like that?
They go wherever they want and harvest logs, they rarely put in any waterbars to slow the run off of their skid roads. The water then runs freely down into the creeks, the Allegheny river, state, county and town roads etc. Those are not isolated incidents, they happen all the time. This is caring for the environment?
But again, the biggest thing is, they are not a part of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and have nothing to say about anything that goes on in OUR country. Sorry. I don’t respect, nor care what hypocrites say.

Anonymous said...

The Seneca Nation has the money and attorneys to be a real player in this. It will be interesting to see what they do from here.

Anonymous said...

Poisonous Pete and his crooked waterdogs will not stop the voice of the people. Drain the TU swamp. We are citizens, not subjects.

Anonymous said...

Always heard that the Gov wanted to kill off everything north of I-80.

Anonymous said...

Radioactive Radon and other elements could be dumped into Trout waters..I guest we will have glowing fish making it easier to find them at night.....Dumping untreated radioactive waste....SMART

Anonymous said...

4:21:00 PM Lets talk tire burning! One of the ways the conventional oil operators in get PA crude, which has a high paraffin content to flow through their gathering lines is to put a tire under the steel tanks and light it. Warms the paraffin in the oil enough for it to flow through the gathering lines, to the storage tanks. The oil well operators in the Bradford Oil Field have been burning tires for over a century.

Anonymous said...

If you want to see how the Seneca treat their land, take a float trip down the Allegheny river. You will know when you reach Seneca land by all the garbage, tires which haven't been burnt yet and trash along the shoreline. Oh and its interesting how they claim to be in tune with nature while they catch and net the spawning walleye out of the river in the spring.

Anonymous said...

Hey 4:21.... That practice of burning tires under the tanks has been long long discontinued for years.. Get your facts straight before you try to ruffle feathers...take a tour of an oil lease so you can actually write the truth.

John R. Stilson said...

Interesting, let's see where the money trail leads???

Anonymous said...

Kinzua Dam is cesspool of filth, nobody swims at the beach anymore cause of e coli in the water and last I went for a look after a walk rememberin way things were nice back in the days i seen trashy folks not minding swimming in the flith. Alot places are closed or declining, what a shame. Government doesnt maintain anything anymore and expect people to just accept it, nope nothing but ruins and empty. Visitor center mostly closed.

Anonymous said...

If radioactive water came out of mother earth it needs to go back down a well to where it came from.
Is the salt that is mined deep under ground south of Rochester NY radioactive? If it is we need to look at that also. Eliminate road salt.

Anonymous said...

Radioactivity from Oil and Gas Wastewater Persists in Pennsylvania Stream Sediments Link Here: https://nicholas.duke.edu/about/news/radioactivity-oil-and-gas-wastewater-persists-pennsylvania-stream-sediments

Anonymous said...

Join us tomorrow, Saturday Jan. 27, 2018 at the courthouse square in Coudersport at 1:00pm! Area residents opposed to the Epiphany Centralized Frack Waste Pre-treatment Faciltiy will be gathering to raise the public's awareness while DEP continues to accept public comments regarding the permitting of the facility. Public comment may be emailed to:
RA-EPNCEPIPHANY@pa.gov, no later than January 29, 2018.

Kirsten Wolfe said...

CAMA don't be negligent just because you have been seduced by big money. Is it really big money? Is it really worth the risk?

Kirsten Wolfe said...

There's NO DOUBT that JKLM is buying their way into this. Water dogs??? What a joke. Who else is behind this? Take a look at the other people that have sold out to JKLM and are currently on the payroll. Disgraceful and they should all be ashamed. I bet they get season tickets to Bills and Sabres games.

Kirsten Wolfe said...

Bills and sabres tickets for those people who are on board! Check out your neighbors and who sold out. I bet they will post great pics. Wake up Coudersport. Look around at who's behind JKLM in our very own community.

Anonymous said...

MONEY...MONEY...MONEY....IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL....WAKE UP FOLKS!!!

Anonymous said...

The few decent people who are fighting this need numbers. If you are from this area get off your bum and show up for protests, meetings,sign a petition. This plant is close to the school. Where the heck are the parents and teachers? Show some backbone!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The Iroquois Confederacy also has a say so by law. This is our back yard and we are here to stay. We hold this title to this land. You are living in 'Our back yard. Read the treaties, jus emphyteutica.