More claims of gas drilling contaminating drinking water have prompted a lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy in Bradford County. Some believe the proof is in the Susquehanna River.
In 1930, my greatgrandparents purchased a beautiful farm in Bradford County, PA, in a little hamlet called French Azilum. In the summer, we spent time there, resting, breathing in the fresh air, enjoying the wild flowers, the bright stars and planets on a clear moonlit night, and swimming in the Susquehanna River. If gas drilling is allowed to continue, Bradford County and all of Pennsylvania will be forever changed, ruined beyond repair.
|A PIG like this flew through the air and landed in a near-by house in Texas!|
|Pipeline going in near the village of Merryall, Wyalusing Township, PA|
Photo credit: David Keeler
If safe drinking water is a worry, and more is apparently needed, why have local authorities allowed the natural gas industry to come into the area and suck millions of gallons of water out of the river every single day?Every gas well requires anywhere from one to seven million gallons of water per hydro-frack, and each well can be fracked multiple times in order to produce the maximum volume of gas. It is no secret that many problems have occurred in the water wells of local residents since the deep gas wells have been drilled in the last few years. So the water supply, springs, aquifers, are being compromised as we speak. Yet local authorities have supported the consumptive use of precious water in order to supply Chesapeake Energy, Talisman, and other gas corporations, who have as their primary goal making millions and billions of dollars while
Should not water, a finite resource, be used in responsible ways for the good of people, especially since water is necessary for sustaining life?I think that the TMA is ignoring the elephant in the room. If there is a serious water shortage problem, stop giving the gas industry carte blanche. Put people first. We can't drink natural gas. We need water. Help us conserve our water supply. Stop gas drilling!
|Our Dear Susquehanna River|
Please love her and take care of her.
|The Rev. Robert Shippee with his wife Ruth Betty and great grandson Alex|