Penn State to Monitor 50 Water Wells to Measure Marcellus Drilling Affects on Water Supplies

Penn State will monitor water wells in Pennsylvania to see if they are affected by drilling activity. MDN applauds this effort:

Penn State’s School of Forest Resources along with several Penn State Cooperative Extension county offices have received funding from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center to conduct a research study on the potential impacts of Marcellus gas drilling on rural drinking water supplies.

The data collected from the study is for research purposes, Penn State officials said.

About 50 private water wells will be selected for free water testing of 15 water quality parameters. Water samples will be collected by trained Penn State researchers both before and after nearby Marcellus gas well drilling has occurred.

Interested residents of the southwest region of Pennsylvania can take the eligibility survey here, call Dana Rizzo at 724-837-1402 or e-mail.*

*Fayette Daily Courier (Apr 12) – Ongoing Penn State study planned on impact of gas drilling