Monday, June 22, 2009

Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling and Water

Bath, NY; June 22, 2009

A Public Forum on the Effects of Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling on Local Water Sources


Ron Bishop
, lecturer in chemistry and biochemistry at SUNY Oneonta, gives an overview of natural gas extraction technology and explains how water contamination can occur during the gas drilling process.

Steve Penningroth
, Executive Director of the state-certified water testing laboratory at the Community Science Institute in Ithaca, describes how to test private and municipal water wells so that landowners and municipal officials can discover problems and have solid scientific baseline water data that will stand up in court should contamination occur.

Community Science Institute's Recommendations for Baseline Water Testing of Private Drinking Water Wells

Andrew Byers, a farmer/botanist from Newfield who has been studying gas drilling issues, describes how community members who are knowledgeable about these issues can take action.

Steuben County Environmental Management Council, Finger Lakes Group of the Sierra Club, League of Women Voters of Steuben County, League of Women Voters of Chemung County, Bath Peace and Justice Group

Keywords: Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling