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1st step for private water well testing OK’ed

July 26, 2013

The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously approved a $250,000 grant application that, if approved by the state, will be a locally unprecedented project to support a countywide groundwater qualit......

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thepaycheck

Jul-26-13 3:58 AM

I think it's a waste of money. The anti's will ALWAYS say it pollutes no matter what the data says.

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Garben78

Jul-26-13 5:01 AM

Your right no matter the results some d-bag will always throw up a flag and say foul even if its a third party test

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rick424

Jul-26-13 7:36 AM

They should do all wells near a proposed gas well, but this is a start.Why should a property owner pay for a baseline test if they did not ask for a gas well next door?

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VXerick

Jul-26-13 12:03 PM

It's just another form of government interference in our private lives. More of the nanny state that progressives love.

What happens when the results possibly rigged to show deference to a particular political agenda, means people will have a huge expense on their own hands to find another source of water.

It isn't piped into rural areas from municipal sources. Every man for himself. Take away the individual and join the collective. It takes a village and save the children all bundled up in a nice progressive package tied with a big RED bow.

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rick424

Jul-26-13 1:09 PM

And, VXerick, you would be the first to complain to the government when the gas well next door poisons your water and kills your children.

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MisMac

Jul-26-13 1:25 PM

Rick, I am suprised you even bothered commenting on VX's ridiculous post. Yeah, the county is going spike the samples with drilling chemicals to rig the results. What an idiotic statement....these people are just shaking in their boots because the citizens of Pa. are finally waking up and demanding an end to this invasion.

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VXerick

Jul-26-13 2:09 PM

rick424: "And, VXerick, you would be the first to complain to the government when the gas well next door poisons your water and kills your children."

I would complain to the company that did the drilling before I'd contact the government. However, I don't believe in most cases that the drilling is the cause of water well contamination.

The years I used a private well for water, I did not have children in my home, so I have no response to that.

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MisMac

Jul-26-13 3:10 PM

Haahaaa, complain to the gas company....that's one huge exercise in futility.

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BornHere

Jul-26-13 3:50 PM

Hey rick, have you read the New Duke University Study, June 24, 2013?

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pinecr

Jul-26-13 4:43 PM

Waste of money...as we all found out when the people of Dimmock lost their wells to methane from the gas industry and then the gas industry said it wasn't because of their drilling and then the court ruled in their favor..unbelievable!

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eriklatranyi

Jul-26-13 5:43 PM

Thanks, pinecr, for proving exactly what so many know......facts, tests and evidence are irrelevant to your agenda, so you ignore them.

That is why I am thankful for a court system where justice is blind and not at the whims of a lynch mob.

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rick424

Jul-26-13 6:07 PM

I have bornhere, I have.

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Garben78

Jul-26-13 6:56 PM

Do any of you know one third the chemicals in shampoo you put down your drain everyday? I doubt it

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Garben78

Jul-26-13 6:57 PM

For well water? Cause cows don't drink city water

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eriklatranyi

Jul-26-13 7:19 PM

BornHere:

The same flaw exists in the Duke study as they had last time. No baseline for those wells.

A second water study was published by the U.S. Geological Survey. It found that some Pennsylvania water wells in areas with no nearby drilling are naturally contaminated with high levels of methane. It also found that 85 percent of the samples had radon levels higher than federal safe limits.

Baseline testing is the answer!

You may not know what is in your current well-water, folks!

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VXerick

Jul-26-13 8:39 PM

My property was in the flood plain. The few times the flood waters came onto my property (Agnes 72 for example), I had my water tested. The thing is most people with wells don't tend to them until they experience problems. How are they going to know that there wasn't already something lurking there before the gas drilling began? I had my water tested about every 5 years on my own.

It's called taking responsibility, something many would rather relinquish to the government. When you start giving up your freedoms for what you perceive as safety, you start a domino effect and eventually you lose all your freedoms.

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Xeo920

Jul-27-13 8:09 AM

Did anyone read the article or just what they wanted to see? This is a test of private wells, not necessarily related to Marcellus Shale. If you have a private well, no where near a drill site, you may be selected for testing. While I am not a fan of the Marcellus Shale, mostly because of the water they waste and the natural forest that they fragment, I am not a supporter of mandated testing private wells. If the individual wishes the well to be tested, fine. That should be their option not the government's. There has long been talk by some to control the water rights not connected to municipal water authorities for profit and I fear may be a starting point for that. More research and attention should be paid to this process.

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