Spotlight On: Marcellus Shale Webinar

Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate

marcellus-shale-post-5Roughly 15 million people in New York and Pennsylvania get their daily supply of drinking water from the clear streams of the Catskill Mountains and Delaware River watersheds. These watersheds are now being targeted for industrial gas drilling.

Specifically, gas companies have zeroed in on the Marcellus Shale, which is a vast natural gas reserve about 6,000 to 8,000 feet below the earth’s surface, and it covers more than 48,000 square feet, from West Virginia to Ohio, through Pennsylvania and into New York. With the promise of big royalties, landowners  have been increasingly signing over drilling rights on their properties.

If you are a concerned citizen, funder, or a member of a nonprofit who wants to learn more about this “natural gas rush,” please visit our website to view the webinar, hosted by Dodge and the New York Community Trust, and presented by Delaware Riverkeeper Network and Riverkeeper, Inc., who are working around the clock to ensure that industrial gas drilling does not threaten the critical water resources of New York, Pennsylvania and downstream water users in the Delaware River Watershed.


2 Responses to Spotlight On: Marcellus Shale Webinar

  1. Clif Tamsett says:

    The organizations cited have over the past 6 months regularly published false and misleading statements with no empirical evidence with signicant damage to Upstate landowners based upon several investigations.
    Clif Tamsett Norwich, NY

  2. There have been at lease three rig fires with 5 people in the hospital. If you go up to Lebanon to the site of the last fire, check out the clean up that didn’t happen. Take some samples of the diesel fuel in the lowlands there.
    Or go up to Brookfield and talk to the 14 families who lost their wells. You can find lots just over the border in Dimock where 10 wells are finished and six of the families still don’t have water provided after four months.
    You try and live through that. New York is going to end up an industrial area and a superfund site if the gas drilling isn’t stopped. The technology isn’t there yet to extract the gas from the Marcellus shale. Let’s save it for future generations.

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