‘Gas Boom’ Makes Waves At Community Meeting
DINGMANS — Alliance of Community Associations (AOCA) members focused on gas drilling and fracking, particularly after learning 1,000 acres in Pike County were leased for drilling, and a recent news account about our new governor’s interest in making Pennsylvania the Texas of the gas boom.
During the March 10 meeting held at Gold Key Estates on Log Tavern Road, marking their fifth year since organizing, John Crerand, AOCA president, told those in attendance that he watched Gov. Tom Corbett give a recent address on television where he projected Pennsylvania to be the next Texas in the natural gas industry.
AOCA member Ed Kutsko gave a summary of his attendance with Crerand at a presentation on gas drilling in Pennsylvania held at Misericordia University in Scranton a few days earlier by a representative from the Center for a Healthy Environment and Community at the University of Pittsburgh.
“The environment will get damaged,” he said, adding that the program included slides and statistics about stream discharge, water waste, and drilling permits.
Kutsko said, “It made an effective presentation for those who don’t want drilling.” A major issue was the resulting chemically treated water. He understood fracking uses about 4 million gallons of water for one well in the drilling stage. An issue raised is that neighbors of someone executing a contract with a gas company may not agree to a drilling project adjoining their own property. Other issues included vibration and noise pollution, and gas leaks from wellheads polluting the air.
Crerand believed if you get to the fracking stage, it’s too late. Once fracking begins, drilling permits have been issued and drilling already started. Those who oppose gas drilling must act before permits are issued for drilling.
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