Environmental Dangers of Hydrofracturing the Marcellus Shale
by Robert Myers, Lock Haven UniversityOver the past three years, I have watched the hydro-fracturing industry rapidly expand into central Pennsylvania, and I have been disgusted by the consequences.Â The state forests, where generations of Pennsylvanians have hunted, fished, and hiked, have been defaced by a growing network of well pads.Â But even more disturbing are the effects that we can’t see.Â Unknown chemicals are being pumped thousands of feet underground.Â The extreme pressures involved in the hydro-fracturing process are forcing methane gas into people’s homes and into their water supplies.Â Thousands of gallons of chemicals have been spilled in our forests and streams.Â It’s clear to me that hydro fracturing is the single biggest environmental threat to Pennsylvania that this generation faces. Read the remainder of Myersâ€™ comprehensive article here:
PennFuture Natural Gas Workshop for Local Citizens6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 15th James V. Brown Library, 19 East Fourth Street in Williamsport Local citizens and landowners have an indispensable role in helping to protect communities from the risks posed by gas drilling. This workshop provides an overview of the relevant laws and regulations, an update on production and development, and where to go from here. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. RSVP here: http://my.pennfuture.org/site/Calendar/1511163074?view=Detail&id=107181
Gas Leasing in Public State Forest Lands7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 16th Lycoming College, Heim Science Bldg, Room G-11. This free and open public meetingÂ is sponsored by Lycoming College Clean Water Institute and Â Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Nels Johnson, of The Nature Conservancy Â HarrisburgÂ office, will describe the study conducted by PA DCNR on impacts of leasing additionalÂ StateÂ ForestÂ Land. The study includes a mapping analysis of surface disturbance effects on the sustainable balance and wild character of remaining State Forest Lands not yet leased for gas development.Â For more information, contact: Carey Entz-Rine, Lycoming County Conservation District, Watershed Specialist (570)433-3003 firstname.lastname@example.org
“Marcellus Shale and the Impact on Local Communities” series at Bucknell UniversityFebruary 10 â€“ 7:30 PM (Gallery Theater):Â Economic Impact and Job Development â€¢Tim Kelsey, Professor, Agricultural Economics, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University â€¢Suzanne Lee, President & CEO, Williamsport Lycoming Community Foundation â€¢Larry Michael, Executive Director of Workforce & Economic Development, Pennsylvania College ofÂ Â Â Technology February 15 â€“ 7:30 PM (Forum):Â Public Health â€¢Thomas Shelley, Chemical Safety and Hazardous Materials Specialist, Cornell Environmental Health and Safety (retired), Cornell University â€¢Sharon Larson, Co-Director Rural Health Policy Institute, Geisinger Center for Health Research â€¢Susan Everett, Director of Outpatient Rehab, Susquehanna Health March 3 â€“ 7:30 PM (Gallery Theatre):Â Severance Tax â€¢Gene Yaw, State Senator, 23rd Senatorial District â€¢Rick Marabito, State Representative, 83rd Legislative DistrictÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â These events are all free and open to the public. The location for all three events is Bucknellâ€™s Elaine Langone Center in the middle of campus on Moore and 7th Avenues. The Gallery Theater is on the 3rd floor, and the Forum is on the 2nd floor, both of which you can access via the stairs or the elevator on the ground floor.
Violations aboundGas drilling is bringing multiple environmental accidents to our region and with these spills and violations comes exposure to an ever-increasing array of known and unknown toxins.Â The official list of violations continues to grow. Follow it here:
Gas drilling in Arkansas is about 5 years ahead of what is happening in PA. Here is one residentâ€™s experience, backed up with unemployment facts:â€œVan Buren County is in the heart of the Fayetteville Shale Play and is experiencing some of the heaviest drilling and road damage in the state along with neighboring counties.Â They call it the “sweet spot,” yet we can see from these statistics from the USDA, unemployment figures have risen in Van Buren in the fiveÂ years the gas companies have been boasting about how many jobs they have brought to the area.Â Â The meagerÂ severance tax isÂ not able to even meet a fraction ofÂ the cost of the destruction of our roads in this area, whileÂ politicians still chant the mantra big gasÂ feeds them.Â We have a population in this sacrifice zone who have been crying out for anyone in government to listen to theirÂ sometimesÂ desperate situations to no avail. Water contamination, earthquakes,Â airÂ choked with toxins, compressor stations that roar 24/7 at such a high level people can’t sleep are just some of the problems.Â Â Some in government say all these problems are worth it because of this great economic boon the gas industry is bringing us.Â I say, what boon?â€