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Marcellus Shale Gas Wells and Your Drinking Water

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As your water supplier, one of our responsibilities is to stay appraised of any activities that may impact the area of contribution to the drinking water wells which serve this community. Such activities include aboveground storage tanks; underground petroleum storage tanks; auto repair shops; gas service stations; animal feedlots; fuel oil storage; household cleaning supplies; swimming pools; wells (abandoned or active) and boreholes (abandoned or active). Additionally, we also stay appraised of any gas well drilling activities, receiving automatic notification of any permits issued or otherwise acted upon, and we have conducted pre-drill testing of all wells in order to establish a baseline chemistry of the water prior to any drilling activity. As the majority of Wayne County PA lies within the Delaware River Basin, Marcellus Shale gas well drilling activities are strictly regulated. The Delaware River Basin Commission has established standards, requirements, conditions and restrictions to prevent, reduce or mitigate depletion and degradation of surface and groundwater resources and to promote sound practices of watershed management including control of runoff and erosion. Commission regulations are one mechanism by which the Basin states and federal government work together to manage water resources in an integrated manner for the benefit of all citizens of the Basin. Due to advances in natural gas extraction technologies, many natural gas development projects may be proposed for the Delaware River Basin. Each will involve land disturbance for such appurtenances as roads, well pads, pipelines, impoundments, and compressor stations. These activities will take place on lands that are the most critical to protection of water resources and the most vulnerable in the Delaware River Basin. However, water sources located within the basin may not be used to serve natural gas development projects unless and until the Commission has issued an approval in the form of a docket or protected area permit, as appropriate, to the withdrawer.

To date, no gas well drilling activity has taken place within the area of contribution to the wells serving The Hideout.

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