Large Turnout for DRBC Hearing in Deposit, NY – Last Minute Surprise from DEC Head Joe Martens

The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin (PSB) reports about 300 people attended last evening’s Delaware River Basin Commission hearing in Deposit (Broome County), NY to consider an application from XTO Energy (now owned by ExxonMobil) to withdraw 250,000 gallons of water per day from the Oquaga Creek in the Town of Sanford to support Marcellus Shale drilling activities in New York, when and if drilling begins. The PSB said, “While both sides enjoyed healthy representation on Wednesday, the majority of the speakers spoke against the withdrawal.”

XTO’s application is the first in New York State, and only the second application in the overall DRBC region. The first application, which was approved in July 2010, was from Stone Energy for water withdrawals in Wayne County, PA.

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Lake Erie Energy Partners Walks Away from North East Township – Refuses to Drill Any More Wells

Gas drilling opponents in North East Township (Erie County), PA have won a small victory in forcing one driller to leave the area. Lake Erie Energy Partners completed just one of 11 planned wells in the Township, but they will walk away and not complete the other 10 because of a proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing and because Township officials have reneged on a promise to the company.

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Westmoreland County, PA Municipal Authority Initiates New Water Testing for Reservoir Located Near Marcellus Drilling

The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County, PA will start a new water testing and monitoring program for the Beaver Run Reservoir which supplies water to about 150,000 residents. CONSOL Energy has 100 shallow gas wells on municipal property near the Reservoir, and is starting to drill Marcellus Shale wells. The new water testing program is precautionary to ensure water is not being affected by nearby drilling activity.

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