Beaver Run Reservoir Tests Since 2011 Show No Harm from Drilling

test tubeIn 2011, the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County, PA began a new water testing and monitoring program for the Beaver Run Reservoir which supplies water to about 150,000 residents (see Westmoreland County, PA Municipal Authority Initiates New Water Testing for Reservoir Located Near Marcellus Drilling). CONSOL Energy has 100 shallow gas wells on municipal property near the Reservoir, and at the time had started to drill Marcellus Shale wells. The Authority also leased land near the reservoir to Dominion Resources, which ended up drilling more than a dozen shale wells on the property. The water testing program was precautionary, to ensure water is not being affected by nearby drilling activity. The Municipal Authority contracted with Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) to do the monitoring and testing. The early results showed no impact from testing (see Water Tests at PA Reservoir Show No Affects from Gas Drilling). The Authority continued to award contracts year after year to IUP–starting at $55,000 and going as high as $100,000 (see Pricetag to Test Water at Reservoir Near CONSOL Drilling Goes Up). The Authority is back, ready to pay again. IUP has just won another contract, this time for $85,000, to monitor and test Beaver Run Reservoir. The amazing point is this: Since the first tests began more than five years ago, there have been a number of shale wells drilled on the property next to the reservoir–and there has been no negative impacts from shale drilling in all that time. Hey anti-fossil fuel radicals: Tell us again how shale drilling “contaminates” water…

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