Should the industry be allowed to withdraw water from streams having an “exceptional value” designation?

Water withdrawal for natural gas drilling is one of Pennsylvania’s tightly regulated processes. Depending in which part of the Marcellus Shale play the hydraulic fracturing operations are happening, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection require operators to seek approval before withdrawing or using any amount of water for unconventional […]

The drill-cut mud, frack-chem, sawdust soaked in frack-chem and the crystalline silica mixed with frack-chem laying in the streets of Troy, PA is making everyone sick. Who should have to pay for the medical costs caused by this environmental epidemic?

Regulations are in place to ensure that whoever is responsible for incidents like what you’re describing is held responsible. That being said, we have yet to hear of any case such as this that is linked to the safe, time-tested and tightly regulated process of hydraulic fracturing. Additionally, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has said: […]

Should the industry be allowed to withdraw water from the headwaters of brook trout streams?

There are a host of laws and regulations in place to ensure that natural gas development can occur while protecting our environment and our native species, including trout. Water withdrawal for natural gas drilling is one of Pennsylvania’s tightly regulated processes. Depending in which part of the Marcellus Shale play the hydraulic fracturing operations are […]

Is this development safe for the environment and the integrity of the earth’s core?

Hydraulic fracturing is a proven process that has been safely used to complete more than a million wells in the United States, and it is one of the processes tightly regulated by Pennsylvania’s DEP. Some people think that hydraulic fracturing creates large holes in the rock formation that could destabilize the formation. It does not. […]

What chemicals are used in hydraulic fracturing and how will they impact the environment?

The additives used in hydraulic fracturing represent less than half a percent of the total fluid volume, with the rest of the mixture being water and sand. More information about these additives, which are all found in common consumer products, can be found at FracFocus.org.

How do we know that our water supply is not being polluted by the fracking process?

Groundwater is closely monitored, prior to and following drilling and fracturing operations. This well-regulated and critical process has never impacted groundwater, as you may know. U.S. Energy Sec. Moniz and countless other officials and experts, have confirmed this fact. Recently, too, “A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals […]

How much ground water contamination is expected and how will the companies clean it up before it reaches drinking water wells since there seems to be no concern from the companies?

As you may know, hydraulic fracturing has been done safely in the United States for more than 60 years with no instance of groundwater contamination. There are many steps in place to ensure fracturing is done safely, and it is one of the processes tightly regulated by Pa. DEP. MSC’s member companies are committed to […]

Will there be compensation to farmers of still-born calves in areas of contaminated water from fracking?

Hydraulic fracturing does not present unmanageable risk to our environmental or to agriculture. Not only are cattle and other animals not negatively affected by fracturing, shale development is providing new and much-needed revenue streams, allowing farmers to continue operating their family farms. Responsible shale development is providing important jobs and revenue to farmers, giving them […]

Can you prove with any degree of certainty that there is no danger from fracking process with respect to the water supply being contaminated?

As you may know, hydraulic fracturing has never contaminated groundwater, as confirmed by U.S. Energy Sec. Moniz and countless other officials and experts. Recently, in fact, “A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a […]

Why is it the only time there’s explosive levels of natural methane and chemical in private water wells there’s also a gas well nearby?

Naturally-occurring methane in private water wells across the Commonwealth is a longstanding issue, dating back decades before shale development, which began in 2004. For example, a recent peer-reviewed study in the journal “Groundwater” found that naturally occurring methane is abundant in northeastern Pennsylvania. The fact is that hydraulic fracturing is a proven process that has […]