This is an environmental concert and rally. Music and like minded folks who are concerned about the gas drilling in PA. Check it out.
Here is info about the upcoming Advanced Waterdog training. Remember to let Erica know if you plan to attend.
We have scheduled our next Advanced Waterdog Training on August 24 from 5-9. We will have a small picnic (please bring a dish to pass) first since the training will be held during dinnertime. Please let me know if you are coming so that I have an accurate count.
Please pass this on to any other waterdogs that you know!
Hi all. Here are some responses to the question of brine being spread on dirt roads. If you have any further info on this topic from DEP, DCNR or PennDOT please get in touch with the PA forest Coalition. They are the ones providing this info in this form. There is contact info fro Dick Martin of the PA Forest Coalition at the bottom of this post.
July 8, 2010 – Reference to a 2005 news report:
- Is brine still being spread on dirt roads in Pennsylvania?
- Are there restrictions, now that the brine could be from Marcellus drilling (with the fracking chemicals included in the flowback water).
2 ] Initial responses
- Brine water is being applied to control dust on dirt road in PA.
- The permit is limited to shallow gas well wastewater
- Wastewater from deep Marcellus wells that are horizontally drilled is NOT permitted to be road –applied. JimApparently, road application of gas drilling wastewater is:
- Limited to certain waste fluids for rural
dust control and winter maintenance
- DEP approval required
Chemical analysis of brine
Limited application rates and frequency (monthly)
- Other factors
location of water bodies (150’),
road gradient (<10%)
3 ] From Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies
From: Tim Ziegler
Sent: Friday, July 09, 2010 10:44 AM
Subject: RE: Brine on dirt roads
The 2005 article exposes truths.
The ESM training for the Dirt and Gravel Road Program discusses brines in the Stabilization module, and these issues are included in that discussion. However, the animal is bigger than we have influence over.
The Program will not fund any project that includes the use of
Marcellus flow-back, however, has not received DEP approval for road dust control, due in large part to the chemical concoction that goes down-hole, as well as the heavy metals and the NORM.
Overall, not a good situation, but this is PA.
Field Operations Specialist
Larson Transportation Institute
Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies
201 Transportation Research Building
University Park, PA 16802
4 ] From DCNR
|Subject:||RE: Brine on BOF Roads|
|Date:||7/20/2010 9:17:38 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time|
Hello Mr. Martin,
The Bureau of Forestry does not permit the use of brine on BOF roads.
5 ] Questions remain
If you see a truck spreading what appears to be brine on a dirt road,
- how can you tell if it is legal brine or residual waste from the
- What should a Waterdog do?
- Why shouldn’t trucks hauling Marcellus residual waste be properly
labeled with the appropriate hazardous materials placard(s)?
- Have the Waterdogs called for such requirements?
- Have the Waterdogs written any officials asking for any changes to gas production regulations? John Kesich
. . . So it appears that there are some regulations in place, via DEP, DCNR, PennDOT or municipalities.
One Biologist is planning a research project in Sproul State Forest, Clinton County. Soil will be tested where water trucks have been seen spraying fluids on Forestry roads.
It would be good if that research were replicated wherever Marcellus wells are located. Any takers?
Dick Martin Coordinator www.PaForestCoalition.org
The Pennsylvania Forest Coalition is a unique alliance of hunters, hikers, anglers, landowners, wildlife-watchers, paddlers, bikers, churches and conservation groups who are united in our concern for the good stewardship of our public lands. Caring for what God has created
Republicans for Environmental Protection
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Here is another wordpress blog that was emailed to me. Add it to your list if you have time or room for one more.
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Starving for data about natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale? A new website hopes to feed your need. A couple of environmental and public health groups have teamed up to create FracTracker, a web tool that brings together different data sets and presents the information on a map. Launched in late June, FracTracker allows users to upload their own data on all-things-gas-drilling, from lists of drilling permits or incident records to maps of air monitoring stations. Others can then go to the site and either look at the data in map form or download it raw. The site is run by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Healthy Environments and Communities (CHEC), which is funded by the Heinz Endowments. It is hosted by the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, an environmental group that funds local projects aimed at protecting the state’s waterways….
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By MIKE SORAGHAN of Greenwire
A Texas natural gas producer’s decision to voluntarily disclose the chemicals it injects into the ground could prompt other drillers to do the same, and pave the way for regulators to require such disclosure. But Range Resources Corp.’s move also reflects the desire of industry to get out ahead of the issue to prevent federal regulation of the key drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. At least one other major driller, Chesapeake Energy Corp., says it is considering disclosing chemicals used in fracking on a well-by-well basis as Range is planning. And members of the industry’s main trade association, the American Petroleum Institute, are finalizing their own proposal for disclosure, an API spokeswoman said yesterday. But it could provide less information than what environmentalists and lawmakers have sought, and also less than what Range is preparing to disclose.
Read the whole thing here:
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The date for the Wellsboro Council hearing on the new Ordinance for Gas
Well Drilling is August 9th at 5:30 PM in the Wellsboro Boro office at
68 Crafton Street.
Come out and voice you opinion of gas drilling within the Boro of