- Grove City, Pennsylvania

Local News

July 27, 2012

DEP probing Pulaski drill site complaint

LAWRENCE, MERCER COUNTIES — The gas and oil drilling industry has its share of watchdogs, including government agencies, environmental groups, landowners and concerned residents.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has been monitoring drilling activities for violations and are now investigating a complaint out of Pulaski Township, Lawrence County, said Kevin Sunday, an information specialist with DEP, Harrisburg.

Drill operators are required to report to DEP within 24 hours of any complaint of impacts to water supplies.

Hilcorp, which has a drill site in the township, got a complaint May 28 of a potentially impacted water supply but didn't report it to DEP until May 31.

"DEP continues to investigate the complaint," Sunday said.

DEP did issue Hilcorp a separate violation for sediment that ran off a drill site during a storm, he said.

And then there are watchdog groups run by people concerned about the ill effects of the fracking process, groups like Protect Slippery Rock Citizens' Rights, Citizens' Environmental Association of the Slippery Rock Area and the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring, or ALLARM, based out of Dickinson College.

William Drolsbaugh of Sharon, a retired forester, attended an ALLARM water testing training workshop at Westminster College on June 30.  Since June 2010, according to a news release, ALLARM has worked with more than 50 community groups across the state to collect and interpret water quality data. The grassroots training has provided more than 700 volunteers in 27 Pennsylvania counties with resources and equipment to monitor local creeks and streams for any harmful effects of Marcellus drilling.

The group has a wealth of information and Drolsbaugh learned more about the gas and oil industry, safe water testing and how to monitor water quality.

"The more you study this stuff, the more you find out about the bad things that happen," he said.

Drolsbaugh lives in an apartment and doesn't own any land, but he considers himself an example of how everyone should be worried about the potential the fracking process could have on the environment and drinking water.

"Proper disposal of that water is controversial," he said of the contaminated wastewater created by the fracking process.

He's been doing his research and urges others to do the same, especially anyone considering leasing their land for oil and gas drilling.

"You can't drink money," Drolsbaugh said of how some people don't think beyond the cash in hand because they're so swayed by the industry's sales pitch.

And the industry heads are touting long-term employment for drilling-related jobs, which Drolsbaugh doesn't believe.

"These jobs at best are two to three years," he said.

His next step is to get a water testing kit and Drolsbaugh said ALLARM's website has a lot of helpful information that's easy to understand.

"Do your homework," he said.

ALLARM on the web:

Published July 18, 2012, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.

Text Only
Local News
  • hula loom class1.jpg Park staff: Walk this way

    Slippery Rock Community Park is already home to playgrounds, pavilions, classes, programs and more for all ages, and a two-mile walking trail would be a welcome addition.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Animal park proposed for Rt. 258

    The owner of Living Treasures Wild Animal Park is proposing a similar facility for Mercer Butler Pike in Liberty Township that could open in about two years if all goes as planned.

    July 30, 2014

  • Blackburn gets probation, time served

    A man whose former Grove City apartment was raided by state and federal authorities in December for weapons and military items was sentenced in Mercer County court Friday.

    July 30, 2014

  • sru chiequestrian center.jpg SRU plays host to China

    Slippery Rock University is one step closer to potentially forming a partnership with a university in Wuhan, China, which would expand educational opportunities for staff and students.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • gc farm mkt produce table1.jpg Farm fresh

    The Olde Town Grove City Farmers' Market was packed with shoppers and vendors on Thursday afternoon.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drilling violations, actions reported

    Six violations and 42 permits for local gas and oil drilling were issued in June by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

    July 29, 2014

  • Board action, CAN will help locals

    Grove City school directors on Monday approved a request made by two nonprofits that will further help local families, and they touched on an issue concerning administrative employees' work schedules.

    July 29, 2014

  • live united fire merkel.jpg Local live United

    The Grove City Area United Way is kicking off a summer campaign that features locals who are examples of how to "Live United."

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • gina burger-file.jpg Police: 'Cool customer' arrested in girl's murder

    An Ohio man charged in the murder of Gina Marie Burger, 16 - whose body was found at Tri-County Industries waste transfer station in Pine Township June 25 - stuffed her body in a playpen bag and carried it past her mother before disposing of the remains in the trash, police said.

    July 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • Public questions Rock band director's position

    Slippery Rock school board members on Monday heard from several people who were concerned about the marching band director's position, which has been opened up for anyone to apply.

    July 11, 2014

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide