Marcellus Shale Drilling Concerns Continue To Grow

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There are growing concerns about the safety of Marcellus Shale drilling in our area.

Now, Pennsylvania is considering legislation to put stricter safety requirements on the industry.

The move comes as the drilling companies are becoming more and more defensive about their safety record.

When a Marcellus Shale natural gas well blew out Tuesday night in Bradford County, it sent more fears across the state for people who live near other wells.

“Because the chemicals that came out, they had to evacuate eight families. They had to tell farmers they can’t let the cows drink the water. These are the kind of concerns I have,” Murrysville Mayor Bob Brooks said.

Brooks has reason for concern. The pristine reservoir that provides water to his community, sits right down the street from a Marcellus Shale well and more are planned nearby.

“We’re going to get a situation where a spill can happen and a 150,000 people don’t have drinking water. Those are the things I worry about,” Brooks said.

Fears continued to grow earlier this week when it was revealed that Marcellus Shale drilling discharge was putting high concentrations of bromides in our rivers. Bromides, combined with other chemicals are linked to cancer and birth defects.

The man in charge of water for Range Resource’s drilling company nervously spoke to KDKA-TV’s Paul Martino about those discharges.

“I believe that the DEP and the city of Pittsburgh and the industry has their best…they want to protect the public as much as the public themselves,” Pete Miller said.

While Range Resources is now recycling all of its discharge, the company once disposed some of its waste water at treatment plants. It was one of many issues addressed at a legislative hearing in Murrysville, where lawmakers are drafting a new law.

“I have complete confidence that we’re going to get it right by the time we’re all said and done. The quicker the better,” Rep. Dave Reed said.

For now, communities like Murrysville are calling for a moratorium on drilling.

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One Comment

  1. Paul Bunyon says:

    If we all start heating our homes and cooking with wood again we can stop this Marcellus Madness

  2. Kevin says:

    Not a surprise. No real enforcement of the rules and regulations. Oh, and let’s not tax the extraction so Corbet can make his campain fund friends (the gas companies) happy. That tax would go a long way to have funds for “accidents” like this….as welll as keep our “brilliant” govenor from slashing education in the commonwealth.

    1. 2059 says:

      Corbett wants PA to be business friendly. We all know that to be friends with big business you must bend over and touch your toes.

  3. Stevo says:

    If it wasn’t for Big business there would be no jobs, nit-wit

    1. LIVE TOWORKORWORKTOLIVE says:

      Hey Stevo – Can’t work if you’re dead either! NITWIT!

      1. Mayor of GBD says:

        and by PA LAW, any increase in the cost to produce and distribute the gas MUST be passed on to the consumer….read up on it you MORON. Keep asking for a tax and you just might get it.

  4. eazytime says:

    Hey Stevo,
    Are the price of the jobs worth all the health and enviromental problems this controversial prcedure will bring to us and our grandkids? That industry needs controlled and taxed. These are not nit-wit statements.

    1. Mayor of GBD says:

      see above MORONS

  5. Drill Baby Drill says:

    Just signed my lease last month….give me the money !!!

  6. Frank says:

    The problems go way beyond water. Some people are having trouble with their houses or land cracking. Some are suggesting its a mine subsidence problem when in fact it could be the explosive nature of the fracking could be causing those mines to collapse and subsequently damage people’s houses or land. So perhaps the liability lies with the frackers? Seems like there is a major PR campaign to make the frackers look like harmless economic heroes when in fact their techniques, pollution and destruction are terrorizing people in ways so many have yet to understand. On the local radio station the rep for Range resources suggested its just sea salt and things like that in their waste water. Its unbelievable. Meanwhile, my parents and many other families are getting letters saying there is no immediate danger to drink their water, but suggests you could need dialysis from kidney failure over the long haul. How long? one year? 5 years? People are too divided. If its not happening to them, many could care less. That kind of attitude is slowly ruining peoples individual and collective well being in more ways than we can count.The problems with fracking go way beyond this, gas seeping all over the nation, many of us are breathing it in low concentrations. Some higher.

    1. Mayor of GBD says:

      yes, fractuing shale over a mile deep will result in surface damage….NOT!

  7. Frank says:

    If Gov Corbett does not want to tax them and pushes for this stuff, then he is an accomplice to the destruction. Fast tracking this should make him liable to. Turning a blind eye cannot release them from future liability. The problems go way beyond water. Some people are having trouble with their houses or land cracking. Some are suggesting its a mine subsidence problem when in fact it could be the explosive nature of the fracking could be causing those mines to collapse and subsequently damage people’s houses or land. So perhaps the liability lies with the frackers? Seems like there is a major PR campaign to make the frackers look like harmless economic heroes when in fact their techniques, pollution and destruction are terrorizing people in ways so many have yet to understand. On the local radio station the rep for Range resources suggested its just sea salt and things like that in their waste water. Its unbelievable. Meanwhile, my parents and many other families are getting letters saying there is no immediate danger to drink their water, but suggests you could need dialysis from kidney failure over the long haul. How long? one year? 5 years? People are too divided. If its not happening to them, many could care less. That kind of attitude is slowly ruining peoples individual and collective well being in more ways than we can count.The problems with fracking go way beyond this, gas seeping all over the nation, many of us are breathing it in low concentrations. Some higher.

  8. gab44 says:

    you guys dont no a damn about this, your all from the city. its not distrupting you. leave the gas companies alone. get a life.

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