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Residents Fed Up with Bad Water Flee Shale Drilling Areas

Susan Phillips/StateImpactPA

Skylar Sowatsky sits at the kitchen table, surrounded by water jugs. Sowatsky's mother Kim McEvoy says once gas drilling began, her water turned gray and cloudy. Now, her well is running dry.

Gas drilling has turned some quiet rural areas of Pennsylvania into growing industrial zones. Residents complain of increased truck traffic, bad air, and contaminated well water. Some of those residents have turned to activism. Others have filed lawsuits. But a growing number of Pennsylvania residents living near Marcellus Shale sites are also packing up their bags and moving.

Boxes full of books are piling up in Kim McEvoy’s dining room in the house where she lives with her three-year-old daughter Skylar and her fiance, Peter Sowatsky. It’s a small one-story, three-bedroom house at the end of a dirt road in Butler County. Along with a swing-set, a collection of toys, and a dog-house, a for-sale sign sits in her front yard. A large black dog is tied up near a tree, a smaller dog chases a bunny around the living room. Skylar Sowatsky is eager to show a visitor around the house.

“This is my new toy, and I got this toy train in the toy aisle,” says Skylar.  ”I’m three old.”

Along with the boxes, water jugs are also plentiful, and dominate the kitchen. Skylar explains the water jugs and the moving boxes this way:

“Because we have black water.”

About a year ago, Kim McEvoy’s water began to look gray. Then it turned black. She called a company that drills water wells in the area. A man told her to call the gas company that was drilling nearby. Before that phone call, McEvoy didn’t really know much about the gas drilling happening in her rural community. She doesn’t own a big piece of land, so the gas companies never asked to lease her mineral rights. But, she was hopeful they would help with her water.

“The gas company did come out and test in April,” said McEvoy. “And I thought great I’m gonna find out why my water is this grayish color.”

Susan Phillips / StateImpact PA

Kim McEvoy says after gas drilling began in her township, her water has never been the same.

But the company didn’t send her the test results until July. And even then, a list of chemicals didn’t really explain much. In the meantime, the company, Rex Energy did provide her with clean water that she could use to shower and clean. That ended in January, after the Department of Environmental Protection concluded that Rex Energy’s drilling did not contaminate, or alter, McEvoy’s water supply, nor the well water of other families who live in an area of Connoquenessing Township called the Woodlands. A DEP spokesman says the gas wells are separated from the water wells by several thousand feet, too far, he says,  to have had an impact.

And yet, to make matters worse, McEvoy’s well is now running dry. And so is her patience.

When she talks about water, McEvoy sounds like a woman who might live in Haiti, or sub-saharan Africa, not Butler County, Pennsylvania.

“It’s terrible,” says McEvoy. “It is what you focus on every day. When you wake up in the morning, where am I getting a shower. Oh I have to do laundry. Where we’re getting the water, how much water do you need. And that’s it. That’s all you worry about all the time — water, water, water. There’s no opening your tap, and you got water, to brush your teeth. That does not exist here.”

Susan Phillips / StateImpactPA

A jug of brown water, with a black 'X' sits on Kim McEvoy's counter. McEvoy says she needs to move to a town that provides treated water.

To brush her teeth, McEvoy pours bottled tap water that her fiance brings home from work. She collects rainwater in a barrel set up in her backyard. All the water jugs are coded.

“The ones with the red X’s are the ones that we fill up outside with the outside barrel, those are just toilet only,” explains McEvoy. “But the black ones, or the blue ones, those you can use to wash your hands, because they’re public water.”

Three-year-old Skylar chimes in. “Yeah, And clean teethes, too.”

Susan Phillips / StateImpact PA

McEvoy's well is running dry, and she can't use her water to bathe and shower. So her bathtub becomes a convenient storage tank for water jugs used to flush the toilet.

McEvoy now has to take her clothes to a Laundromat. Her bathtub is full of water jugs. To shower, and bathe her 3-year-old daughter, McEvoy walks half a mile to a friend’s hunting cabin, pulling Skylar along in a wagon.

“So yeah, I have to leave because, it gets old really fast, hauling water,” says McEvoy.

She lets her tap run to show what her water looks like – as it fills a jug it turns brown. The DEP told Kim that nothing is wrong with her water, and that the issues are “aesthetic.”

“I don’t really know,” said McEvoy.  ”I just know that something happened. Something happened here when they came in, the drills got put in the ground, now I have this funny water.”

A DEP spokesman confirmed that their investigation of McEvoy’s water found no link to nearby gas drilling in Connequennessing Township.

Now, McEvoy is looking to sell her one-story, three-bedroom house, but it’s listed for less than what she owes on it.

McEvoy’s realtor Steve Warrene doesn’t have much hope.

“If it had public water today, I could probably sell it for $120,000,” said Warrene. “Right now with no water, we got it listed at $87,900. It’s not gonna sell because other houses in the area without water are selling for between $15,000 and $30,000.”

But Warrene says houses with public water are rising in value, because residents want a secure water source.

Susan Phillips / StateImpact PA

A for sale sign sits outside of Kim McEvoy's house in Butler County. Her realtor says without water, the house has little chance of selling.

He says McEvoy could put in a $15,000 dollar cistern, and pay up to $400 dollars a month to fill it. But McEvoy says she can’t afford that.

“That’s a lot of money, this isn’t a mansion I live in here.”

McEvoy’s muddy water has left her underwater, financially. So if she moves, and stops paying her mortgage, she could be facing foreclosure.

“I would rather have bad credit than be dying because my water is so bad. It’s crazy you have to choose credit or water. I’m choosing water.”

Susan Phillips / StateImpactPA

Skylar Sowatsky at home in Connequenessing Township, Butler County.

McEvoy never thought she would ever leave her home. She wanted to send her daughter to a Christian school down the road. But now, she’s looking to find a home in the suburbs.

“Oh, I’m going to cry, I already know it,” says McEvoy. “I cry already just thinking about it. But it has to be done for safety reasons.”

McEvoy is not alone with her water troubles. Rex Energy stopped water deliveries to ten families in March. She’s never before been politically active, but on the day I visit, McEvoy and her new friend Janet McIntyre are preparing to speak at a rally. Both are nervous.

Janet and Kim met after learning they both had water issues. But Janet McIntyre says she can’t move.

“I really can’t do anything else, I’m stuck,” says McIntyre. “That’s how I really feel, I’m stuck.”

Susan Phillips / StateImpact PA

Skylar Sowatsky at a rally in Butler County aimed at supporting and collecting water for residents of Connequenessing Township.

At a rally in nearby Butler City, about 75 people gathered to donate water to families like the McEvoys and the McIntyres. It’s McEvoy’s first time speaking to such a crowd. She thanks them for the water and pleads for help from the local township politicians.

‘Because this is America, it’s about the people, it’s we the people not we the corporations, not we the industry.”

As they rely on water donated by nearby churches, McIntyre and McEvoy are trying to convince the local township to pipe in treated water. But the cost could run in the millions of dollars.


  • Vera Scroggins

    Criminal activities by the Gas Industry and endorsed by our Government–  

  • Mike Knapp

    Uh, the DEP investigated this case and determined that it had nothing to do with gas drilling.  These folks aren’t fleeing a shale gas area, they’re fleeing a bad water area. 

    • Matos

      You can’t trust everything the government tells you…

    • Nora

        Except that, before the drilling, their water was okay.

      • smokedbacon

        Something perhaps the press ought to ask is How old is the well, in Ohio it must be on file with the department of health along with the water test results. How deep was the well drill, another recorded requirement. What kind of casing was used in the water well and to what depth was the casing ran.
         Some wells are shallow and in areas where more homes go in water table can drop. Some wells where cased with steel that can rust through allowing a cave in of the well resulting in turbidity, even massive red sludge (clay mixed with rust from the casing) another is some wells the casing might only run say 50′ with the rest of the well perhaps 150′ that leaves 100′ of exposed formations to leach down into the lower portion of the well.
          I have never ever saw anyone  or any story to date that looks into these possibilities.

        • Sally

          How old is the well?  It should improve with age, like a fine wine. The water problems in the fracked areas of Pennsylvania have nothing to do with the smoked red herring factors mentioned above.

          • smokedbacon

            Sally something that perhaps you and your antifracking friends and even pro frackers ought to do is join forces! Your comment above is without knowledge or a outright deception.
             This really surprised me, and probably will others. ”Does using a licensed driller insure my well will be properly constructed? 
            Unfortunately it does not. Drillers are NOT required to demonstrate knowledge of proper drilling or well construction practices in order to become licensed. Pennsylvania has developed construction standardsonly for public water-supply wells. There are no statewide construction standards for domestic supply wells. Visit the DEP web page on private wells for more information. Also, check with your township or county government for applicable local ordinances.
            Unfortunately, there are no regulatory standards for private water wells in Pennsylvania, which seems hard to believe, but is, nonetheless, true. The Commonwealth is one of only two states in the nation to lack such standards, the other is Alaska 

    • VAppalachia1

      Of course DEP continues to “carry water” for the gas industry.  (Please forgive the pun; Of course these poor families carry enough water every day.  Sadly, PA lacks a responsible environmental agency to “carry water” for its citizens.)  It’s insulting that PADEP thinks it’s acceptable to placate people by saying that fracked wells and aquifers are separated by thousands of feet.  What exactly does “protection” refer to in DEP?  
      It’s time the industry has to prove that materials from their fracked wells did NOT migrate through faults or poorly constructed casings.  The burden of proof should not be on the people.  Why won’t the gas industry, if this process is so safe, start using marker chemicals in their fracks?  If someone develops “bad water” and the chemical tracer from a nearby well does not show up, then maybe people would be more willing to believe that the problems have “nothing to do with gas drilling.”And Mr. Knapp, are you the same Mike Knapp who owns Knapp Acquisitions and Production?  I read in a recent article ( about someone named Mike Knapp who provides leasing services to MDS Energy, who recently was fined for a series of violations at its 14 rigs, including: “discharge of pollution material into commonwealth waters, stream discharge of drill cuttings, oil, brine and/or dilt, failure to prevent sediment or other pollutant discharge into waters, failure to case and cement to prevent migrations into fresh groundwater, failure to plug well upon abandonment, tophole water discharged improperly, and multiple failure of erosion and sediment plans.”I hope no Pennsylvanians are fleeing shale gas areas where MDS is drilling.

      • Raging Chicken Press

        Thanks for the shout out, VAppalachia1! We’ve been covering the fracking issue pretty extensively since we started publishing back in July 2011. Anyone can check out all our fracking-related articles here:  

        Again, thanks for the mention!

        Kevin Mahoney
        Editor Zero, Raging Chicken Press

        • VAppalachia1

          Thanks to all the journalists on this site, at Raging Chicken Press, and beyond, who are doing good work to get the truth about fracking out there.  

          The converse of the “if you repeat a lie often enough…” quote is: If you repeat the truth often enough, it will remain the truth.  And in a world where ANGA, EID, API and can afford to lobby legislators and buy media access, all citizens can do is to repeat the Truth.

      • Mike Knapp

        Thats why you should get your gas drilling news from REAL news organizations such as StateImpact PA, and not from a couple of disgruntled anti-drilling bloggers who really have no clue what they’re talking about.  The only “pollutant”  MDS Energy has ever “discharged” has been some muddy water escaping the well pad after a heavy, sustained rainfall.  But no, they’re not fleeing here.  There’s already well over 10,000 REGISTERED gas wells in my county.   They’ve been drilling through the aquifers here for generations, the majority of that drilling was done before anyone had even THOUGHT of regulations.   We’re still here, and we’re just fine.  We’re more worried about things like this: 

        • VAppalachia1

          I get my gas drilling news from dozens, if not hundreds of sources—from international reporting by Reuters, Bloomberg Business, WSJ, New York Times and reputable state news reporting from Post-Gazette Pipeline, Scranton Times-Tribune and StateImpact.npr—to great reliable bloggers and journalists in the trenches, to neighbors and friends who have experienced first-hand negative impacts of industrial gas development.

          Wells drilled through aquifers generations ago were not the same thing as the high-volume, slick-water, hydraulically-fractured industrial operations that are being drilled near family water wells today.  These wells were not injected with the modern mix of secret, proprietary toxic substances when they were fractured, if they were fractured at all.  The need for regulations was different for these wells (and they did not pose the same risks to nearby people and water supplies); modern well technologies require modern regulations. 

          I encourage anyone reading statements like this (“drilling for generations…”) from Mr. Knapp and other gas industry apologists to do your own homework and research for yourself the history of and differences in gas well technologies before believing that everything is “just fine” with wells fracked for shale gas since 2005.  And please seek out objective sources, like scientific/permitting records, or a more literary, but reliable historical account like that in Seamus McGraw’s “The End of Country”.  McGraw is on record as a supporter of the gas industry; seems his historical reconstruction is pretty fair.

          Only a gas industry proponent would get alarmed at the prospect of nuclear risks near peoples’ homes (raised in the P-G story you cite) and then miss the irony of how similar are the sad situations around Armstrong County’s nuclear waste exposures and the problems facing families on the nation’s shale gas plays.  

          The article even mentions that the industries were aware of faulty construction at these nuke sites and did nothing about it, despite the dangers. How in the world is this any different than how your industry seeks to operate?  Fight meaningful regulation at every step, saying that any curbs to your activities will limit jobs, curb production and raise costs, knowing you (and your parent companies) will be long gone when the impacts are confirmed and when articles like this are written about them.  

          To quote the story you cite:  ”We live at a time when conservative politicians are strongly pushing the idea that prosperity will come when free enterprise is allowed to operate unfettered by regulations — as if the natural laws of human behavior have been repealed. To see how that might work out, a person need only go to Armstrong County and ask the people who live there.”

          The single difference is, articles about the effects of your industry’s operations—like the one on which we are commenting—are already being written right now, Mr. Knapp.

          • Mike Knapp

            How does The End of Country end again?  Oh yeah, they sign a gas lease.  He did a huge amount of due diligence, and then they signed.  Processing nuclear fuels and venting the dust right into the middle of town and drilling a gas well are monumentally distant in scope of risk.  Again I mention that there are over 10,000 wells in my county alone. Almost all of them fraced, at depths that are a mile closer to the surface than the Marcellus shale.  Before you drill a well, you have to do baseline water samples on every house with a well within 1,000′  (which just increased to 2,500′). They are conducted by an independent 3rd party lab.  Those tests are submitted to DEP.  They have a massive database with hundreds of thousands of water tests.  If drilling fluids were showing up in the water, they would know about it. 

      • Sally

        Knapp Sacked!

      • colpow

        That is one very good idea, tracer chemical.  

        • VAppalachia1

          Thank you.  Now we need to find a way for good ideas to somehow survive a legislative session in shale states.

    • madashellinpa

      Wipe your mouth Mike there is still a tiny bit of bullshit around your lips.

      • Mike Knapp


  • Mtblueboid

    A bad water area? yea right. 

  • bdperotto

    Everybody is missing the point. Let me share my experience. I own land in the southern tier NY. 100 feet from my water well, there is currently drilling going on. My water is grayish as a result. But, the drilling is for my neighbors water well, not gas well. When you disturb the subsurface turbidity can occur. That doesn’t mean anyone is poisoning your water. Once this drilling stops, my water will be clear once again. Very logical explanation of the gasland myth that drilling is poisoning water sources. If the well casing for gas extraction is installed properly, nothing will migrate to aquifers. That leaves one unaswered problem, turbid water during initial boring. Maybe states could pusuade drilling companies to install filters in local residents wells, eliminating the solids in their wells? Seems reasonable to me.

    • Thinkbeforeyouspeak.

      ‘They’re poisoning my water’ is never mentioned in the story above which I hope you read! But in my opinion it should have been said and it would have been only scratching the surface of what is really happening to the water supply of these people. If you want to focus on the ‘minor’ problem of turbidity be my guest. But the issue is clearly larger than that. The living conditions of these people are disturbed and not merely the subsurface of their water supply. In addition to that the problem does not promise to be temporary. There is a long list of chemicals that are present in the water, measured and reported by the very company that is doing the fracking. That would be ‘poison’ in my book given that I can’t safely ingest it. Lastly the real problem is that these companies are running havoc and pretty much doing what they please, paying whomever they please to get it done and stepping all over whomever else might stand in their way. The local residents are not consulted, heck they are simply thrown a bone (of clean water that is) and only for a while. After a while they are on their own. But why not, since according to you it’s only a filtering problem, right?! Filter? Really? Here is a little bit of information on what the real problem is with fracking and why ‘filtering’ is not a solution:

      The process of fracturing a well is far from benign. The following sections provide an overview of some of the issues and impacts related to this well stimulation technique.Water useSand and proppants
      Toxic chemicals
      Health concerns
      Surface water and soil contamination
      Groundwater contamination
      Air quality
      Waste disposal
      Chemical disclosureIn addition to large volumes of water, a variety of chemicals are used in hydraulic fracturing fluids.  The oil and gas industry and trade groups are quick to point out that chemicals typically make up just 0.5 and 2.0% of the total volume of the fracturing fluid.  When millions of gallons of water are being used, however, the amount of chemicals per fracking operation is very large. For example, a four million gallon fracturing operation would use from 80 to 330 tons of chemicals. Some of which include:

      ADDITIVE TYPEDESCRIPTION OF PURPOSEEXAMPLES OF CHEMICALSProppant“Props” open fractures and allows gas / fluids to flow more freely to the well bore.Sand [Sintered bauxite; zirconium oxide; ceramic beads]AcidCleans up perforation intervals of cement and drilling mud prior to fracturing fluid injection, and provides accessible path to formation.Hydrochloric acid (HCl, 3% to 28%) or muriatic acidBreakerReduces the viscosity of the fluid in order to release proppant into fractures and enhance the recovery of the fracturing fluid.PeroxydisulfatesBactericide / BiocideInhibits growth of organisms that could produce gases (particularly hydrogen sulfide) that could contaminate methane gas. Also prevents the growth of bacteria which can reduce the ability of the fluid to carry proppant into the fractures.Gluteraldehyde;2-Bromo-2-nitro-1,2-propanediolBuffer / pH Adjusting AgentAdjusts and controls the pH of the fluid in order to maximize the effectiveness of other additives such as crosslinkers.Sodium or potassium carbonate; acetic acidClay Stabilizer / ControlPrevents swelling and migration of formation clays which could block pore spaces thereby reducing permeability.Salts (e.g., tetramethyl ammonium chloride) [Potassium chloride]Corrosion InhibitorReduces rust formation on steel tubing, well casings, tools, and tanks (used only in fracturing fluids that contain acid).Methanol; ammonium bisulfate for Oxygen ScavengersCrosslinkerThe fluid viscosity is increased using phosphate esters combined with metals. The metals are referred to as crosslinking agents. The increased fracturing fluid viscosity allows the fluid to carry more proppant into the fractures.Potassium hydroxide; borate saltsFriction ReducerAllows fracture fluids to be injected at optimum rates and pressures by minimizing friction.Sodium acrylate-acrylamide copolymer;polyacrylamide (PAM); petroleum distillatesGelling AgentIncreases fracturing fluid viscosity, allowing the fluid to carry more proppant into the fractures.Guar gum; petroleum distillateIron ControlPrevents the precipitation of carbonates and sulfates (calcium carbonate, calcium sulfate, barium sulfate) which could plug off the formation.Ammonium chloride; ethylene glycol; polyacrylateSolventAdditive which is soluble in oil, water & acid-based treatment fluids which is used to control the wettability of contact surfaces or to prevent or break emulsions.Various aromatic hydrocarbonsSurfactantReduces fracturing fluid surface tension thereby aiding fluid recovery.Methanol; isopropanol; ethoxylated alcohol And traces of these chemicals are all present in the drinking supply of the residents of Butler, PA. They cannot be ‘filtered’ out by installing filters!! If you can honestly tell yourself that you can drink that kind of water even if and even after it doesn’t look brown anymore, which very well could be because of turbidity then fine! If you yourself would not drink that and would prefer not to live where these people have to live then maybe you should not post bullcrap! If you didn’t know, now you know.

      • bdperotto

        The young girl, Skylar, in the above story is holding a sign that says “fracking is making us sick”. So yes, poisoning the water is absolutely the theme of the article, surely you felt that from the story. Nowhere in your above comments do you show that the oil and gas industry is polluting the water. Just mentioning the chemicals they use doesnt prove they contaminate anything. And I am insulted that you question my intelect.

        • jsrtoofar

          I’m going to say this. I’m not sure if it matters to you bdperetto, but do you fish? In small side, feeder streams? The delicate streams that are reliant upon the substrate and strata to purify the water.
          I’m curious because if by your claims the is no issue why am I seeing my favorite native streams being destroyed? The bugs are dying. There is now salinity, and that has no relation to turbidity. I simply mean to imply, your rhetoric is strong but misplaced. Your rhetoric is crafted toward the dismissal of drinking water.
          I think you are missing what the aspiration effect is doing to the local surrounding extraction sites, evaporate ponds, water leaks, and so on.
          I expect your dismissal of this as communist speak and some kind of liberal speak. I simply don’t care about your opinion toward the people that feel the water is being degraded, because it is.
          If I gave you a jug of Dimmock water and jug of urine, I believe you would choose to consume the urine. If you choose the alternative,,, you would prove your convictions to be without doubt. I however believe your convictions to be to what you to be morally correct. Energy.
          I question your intellect and insult your position as an outsider with little to no relevant pertenense to the discussion. That being said. Good day to you and enjoy your jug of urine.

          • bdperotto

            Enlighten me. How did the degradation of feeder streams occur from Hydrofracing. No BS here, just facts. I want you to connect the dots to your claims.

    • Christina Lee Countryman

       The difference is when your neighbor drills for water and gets it, it is not a pollutant. when they drill for gas, nasty stuff comes out. Go try some for yourself.

      • bdperotto

        You are missing the point. What I am saying is that the initial boring can disturb the water table. Once a casing is in place, contamination from the chemicals used in fracing and methane is very unlikely. The initial boring is a process prior to the actual fracing. Fracing only commences after the casing is in place. Once fracing takes place, there are no known contamination cases as a result of the actual fracing and subsequent extraction of natural gas. Contamination claims have been disproved, such as Dimock, PA. The contaminants are pre-existing conditions, that are present in private wells. The center for rural PA states that 25 percent of wells in PA have methane in them, prior to any drilling. This has been proved by determining that the methane is in fact biogenic methane, not thermogenic methane. Look up the difference in these two forms, it reveals much about this discussion.

  • Breathe easy

    I recently left.  I couldn’t ride a bike around town without an asthma inhaler.  A friend was almost plastered while walking her two kids at the town’s traffic light.  Another friend was hit.  That’s without the water issue to consider.  At least my family could afford the flee.  It’s the friends–their kids especially–I worry about.  And the horizontal fracking will come here soon enough.  We just need a few more years in the Northeast.  

  • James Northrup

    Horizontal shale gas wells are a textbook way to gas groundwater. 

    Gotta test those water wells prior to drilling for thermogenic methane.

  • Jslesing

    Ever wonder why the DEP never points a finger at the gas wells in cases like these. But, the DEP never does identify another source of contamination to prove the gas well is not the cause. The problem is not so much the well drillers but the antics of the DEP. As one affected by this for 2 1/2 years, I can prove that the DEP failed to act on evidence they had and insisted there was no evidence. 
    Flee Pa, you bet. If I could. But I have 30 years of mortgage payments invested in a home which is now worthless. 

    • pahillbilly

      Why don’t you use this evidence to prove your case in court and hold the polluter responsible?

      • Jslesing

        A lawsuit was filed against the driller. We are in the “discovery stage”. Meanwhile I wait. 

      • Sally

        Jslesing is up against a corrupt State that has infinite taxpayer resources to nail the hides of taxpayers to the wall.  And the courts in Pennsylvania are horribly rigged.

      • Jan Heaton

        Citizens United by the Supreme Court put Corporations in charge–BUT being a “citizen also now, a “corporation, –I want to know –WHERE IS OUR CORPORATE PAYCHECKS???

  • Guest

    The ones with the deeper pockets will always win. Because they can afford to pay them to go away.

  • truthsquad

    Did you know there are two US states that lacks any drinking well construction standards? Guess which two…. Pennsylvania and Alaska. There is currently a bill pending in the state legislature to provide for private  water well standards. This is an important fact that is often missing in the discussion. It’s unfortunate the journalist has left out this important fact, and instead chooses to imply that gas drilling has caused the contamination despite scientific evidence to the contrary.

    • Jslesing

      First, why should we with water wells be forced to redrill our wells to protect us from a threat you say does not exist. 
      Second, I don’t believe there is scientific evidence that gas well drilling does not cause drinking water contamination. Just claims to the contrary by the drillers. Does it not make you suspicious that a water well produces good water every day for 50 years, but gets polluted with chemicals associated with drilling right after a nearby well is drilled? Easy to say its not the gas well yet no other source is found.    

      • Sally

        There CANNOT be scientific evidence that gas well drilling does not cause drinking water contamination.  It is not logically possible to “prove a negative.”
        Of course, this doesn’t stop the political spinmeisters from trying.

    • Amy Schrecengost

      We live in the same area, and have dealt with Rex Energy. We had a spring water cistern that was perfectly clean before they started drilling, and Rex bent over backwards for us. This was before HB1950 was passed though. Almost as soon as that bill was passed, others with water problems were suddenly told that it had nothing to do with fracking (even though the company had admitted a spill had caused our water problems). Think about it. 

  • Christina Lee Countryman

    can you say c o r r u p t i o n ?

  • Gilbert Davis

    BAN   slickwater horizontal natural gas fracking and also ban the earthquake causing injection wells that would be needed for the massive amounts of toxic waste water.  This “waste water”  at a time when much of the state will be experiencing a major drought this year.

  • Rod Reidnauer

    $15,000 cistern and $400/mnth to have water trucked in?  Are you kidding me?  She’s not “stuck.”  She’s simply not thinking.  Set up a full rainwater collection system, 5000 gallon plastic tank, install a whole-house 1 micron filtration and UV sterilizer with a demand pump to the home’s plumbing, and be done with it.  Total retail cost: around $3500, much less with come creative scrounging.     Think outside the box.  Stop crying poor-ole me.  Adapt.  Take control of your own fate.  Stop relying on government to solve your problems.

    Heck, it’s really easy for her with commercial power available.  I’ve got a similar system, and I’m fully off-grid, with enough solar power to run my UV and demand pump. I built my entire rainwater system for $4000, and that includes a 1000+ sq-ft pole building structure for the collection area, and I could have done it even cheaper if I didn’t buy new metal roofing.

    I’d love to talk to her and get her set on the right path.  One thing is for sure.  There’s no need to move, and give away the house.  Butler County has averaged 3.8 inches of rain per month for the last three years.  If her roof has 1000 sq-ft, that’s around 600 gallons per inch of rainfall, about 2300 gallons a month.  If the roof is bigger, its more water. 

    • Jsrtoofar

      So Ron. If I take your water and replace it with toxic sludge, but don’t tell you, and allow you to feed it to your child, you will simply buy a cistern and resort to relying on already documented acid rain?
      I’m guessing you mean well but are unsure of how to express your though concretely? I surely mean to poke fun at your idealist logic and steadfast claim that she should not rely on the government for her problems?
      Your a funny, funny guy. I appreciated reading your thoughts and it reminds me of why I tend not to read the comment section. It’s insulting.

    • man4earth

      If I start a business that causes your once clean drinking to be unclean, then I am responsible for the cost to make it right, not you or the government.
       Why don’t you think that those who caused the problem should be responsible?

  • Trembler

    1000 feet is not that far considering fracking is causing earthquakes. the fracking ruptured the integrity of her well, may or may not be actually contaminated YET, matter of time before fluids migrate to her well area.  Fracking weels are not self contained little bubbles of retainment and the process causing enormous damage to underlying geological strata. 

  • Blah

    I find this unfortunate 

  • Annonymous

    When there is no law against the harm afflicted on your community, there is no law for the way you protect your community.  Soon people will depend on their weapons rather than their court, those are the day you stop going to work for corporuptions, only then will you lose more than you have to gain. 

  • Jan Heaton

    Fracking began in Kansas by Mr. Koch, who invented catalytic separation of oil into gasoline-this “Sacred”-copyright made the two KOCH-A-KOLA KOW-BOYS super rich- now can buy MORE-MORE-MORE-1 Million dollar “lease” for huge acres to frack-[ JUST FOR ONE OHIO Landowner]
    -The Clean Water and Air Act exempted fracking chemicals
    >>> by D.Chaney’s orders- 2005–
    The Freedom of information Act- exempted fracking chemicals as- >Halliburtons “Copyrights”!!!-
    This Oily takeover has been happening for years- Greed has NO LIMITS!
    Common sense is in the Cross-Hairs of Chesapeake Natural Gas-
    [who also manufacters x-ray-scanning-equiptment for hospitals]
    NO MORE PUBLIC “UTILITIES”protections [PUCO] now on the STOCK MARKET
    Youngstown had 4 eathquakes- Wellington had 10 inch cross country gasoline line break-86 old folks ran from their homes in the snow— Lucky-It was below freezing OR—KABOOM! Fracking without Geological Surveys constitutes>>SHOOTING BLIND WITH NO LICENSE!! SQUAK!!!SQUAK!!–before our mutual mother earth is prostituted!–we borrow the land from our children-Black Hawk
    -Go on Facebook for “Bill Baker” find how many folks around the world are standing tall- (peru-+] Need a WATER EMBARGO in each targeted State- +
    >>A >GAS-OUT< one day a week- NO DRIVING!- no demand-no supply-a grey eagle

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