|The Susquehanna River in French Azilum, PA|
Photo: Carol Manuel
Heavy rains and increasing reports of flooding and road closings have prompted the early dismissal of classes at Wyalusing Area Schools, where elementary students will be dismissed today at 12:15 p.m. and high school students at 12:30 p.m. Towanda area schools will be dismissed at 12:50 p.m. and Canton at 11:15 a.m.
My thoughts: With many gas well pads in this area, floods may well transport toxic chemicals randomly over a wide area, both on land and in the waters of the area. This will take place unbeknownst to anyone. Flooding is a common occurrence in NEPA. Have the gas drillers taken this into consideration in their methods and plans for containment of toxic fluids? Is this acceptable? No, but people are not important to the gas companies. Money is. This fact will never be admitted by the gas companies, but that doesn't change the reality. We are collateral damage along with animals and plants.
Area School District officials have announced that due to flooded roadways, all schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Watch our website for developing stories as this storm continues to impact our region.
|Gas truck on Route 187, Bradford County, PA|
September 7, 2011
Photo: Wyalusing Rocket-Courier