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Gas news at a glance

June 29, 2011

Matamoras explores impacts of drilling on June 30th

Matamoras Borough Council and Matamoras Municipal Authority in Pike County, PA are co-sponsoring an evening to examine the potential impacts of gas drilling on the water supply and community of Matamoras on June 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Matamoras Borough Hall Annex at 10 Avenue 1. A presentation by Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, will review the issues and open a discussion of what the controversial development of natural gas in the Upper and Middle Delaware River means for Matamoras and the region. For information call Matamoras Borough at 570/491-2771.

EPA identifies PA Sites for national study on hydraulic fracturing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the next steps in its congressionally mandated hydraulic fracturing study. EPA has identified seven case studies to assess the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Three of the case studies will take place in Pennsylvania in the Marcellus Shale. The sites identified were selected following extensive input from stakeholders, including the public, local and state officials, industry, and environmental organizations. The EPA will begin field work in some of the selected regions this summer. Two of the seven sites were selected as prospective case studies, where EPA will monitor key aspects of the hydraulic fracturing process throughout the lifecycle of a well. Washington County, PA will serve as one of those study sites. Five additional retrospective case studies were selected from 40 nominations and will examine areas where hydraulic fracturing has occurred for any impact on drinking water resources. Three of the five are located in Bradford, Susquehanna and Washington counties, PA. Visit for a copy of the draft study plan and additional information.