Pricetag to Test Water at Reservoir Near CONSOL Drilling Goes Up

CONSOL Energy has a contract and has actively been drilling Marcellus Shale wells (37 so far) near Beaver Run Reservoir in Westmoreland County, PA. The reservoir provides water to some 120,000 customers in the region. Just to keep an eye on things and to be sure none of the drilling has led to contamination of the reservoir’s water, the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County contracts with Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) to conduct quarterly water tests. Students both collect and analyze the data.

Two years ago the Municipal Authority paid IUP $55,000 for the work. Last year, $75,000. This year? The price is going up to $100,000. Built in to this year’s higher price is a “third party” review of the water quality…

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