A public forum on the effects of Marcellus Shale gas drilling on local water sources will be held Monday, June 22 at the Bath Fire Hall, 50 East Morris St., in Bath from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The forum is for community members, landowners and local government officials, and is sponsored by the Steuben County Environmental Management Council, the Finger Lakes Group of the Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters of Steuben County, the League of Women Voters of Chemung County and the Bath Peace and Justice Group.
The speakers at the forum will be Steve Penningroth, executive director of the state-certified water testing laboratory at the Community Science Institute in Ithaca, Ron Bishop, lecturer in chemistry and biochemistry at SUNY Oneonta, and Andrew Byers, a farmer/botanist from Newfield who has been studying gas drilling issues.
Ron Bishop will give an overview of natural gas extraction technology and explain how water contamination can occur during the gas drilling process. Steve Penningroth will describe how to test private and municipal water wells so that landowners and municipal officials can discover problems and have solid scientific baseline water data that will stand up in court should contamination occur. Andrew Byers will describe how community members who are knowledgeable about these issues can take action.
The forum is free and open to the public. For more information, call 607-569-2114.
On June 15th at 6:30 PM at the Danby Town Hall on 96B in Danby, New York there will be an open informational meeting for residents of Danby, both who have signed leases with the gas companies and those who have not. We will start with an overview of the gas drilling, and proceed to legal issues with leasing. Next, people who have had experience with gas drilling in their communities will speak, and then others will give information about government responses: from town, county, state, and federal levels. For more information contact Ric Dietrich at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 607-227-2434.
Waste from Marcellus shale drilling in Cross Creek Park kills fish:
A leaking waste water pipe from a Range Resources Marcellus shale gas well drilled in Washington County’s Cross Creek Park has polluted an unnamed tributary of Cross Creek Lake, killing fish, salamanders, crayfish and aquatic insect life in approximately three-quarters of a mile of the stream.
New legislation would end Bush-era exemption for oil and gas industry, protect drinking water from drilling toxics: Local governments express support for ending loophole:
Today Senators Casey (D-PA) and Schumer (D-NY), and Representatives DeGette (D-CO), Polis (D-CO) and Hinchey (D-NY) introduced bills in the Senate and House to close the so-called “Halliburton Loophole” in the Safe Drinking Water Act that exempts hydraulic fracturing, and to require the public disclosure of hydraulic fracturing chemicals. The Halliburton loophole authorizes oil and gas drillers, exclusively, to inject known hazardous materials — unchecked — directly into or adjacent to underground drinking water supplies. It passed as part of the Bush Administration’s Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Earlier related news: Industry Defends Federal Loophole for Drilling Before Packed Congressional Hearing