SIXTH MEETING WV/PA MONONGAHELA AREA WATERSHEDS COMPACT
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2011, 1 PM, MORGANTOWN AIRPORT ANNEX
1. - Barry Pallay opened the meeting and welcomed everyone.
Everyone introduced themselves.
Barry Pallay spoke of the five handouts and various letters Duane and
he sent out.
2. - Evan Hansen spoke of the Safe Water Drinking and Clean
Waters Act. The CWA covers (A): Uses for aquatics, recreation and
public water supply; (B) Criteria and (C) Antidegradation. The SWDA
makes recommendations (not enforceable) for tap water, pollutents
and TDS (500 mg), SO4 (250 mg), and CL (250 mg). The CWA is
enforceable. Hansen noted that WV has no standards for aquatic, public
water supply and SO4. CL has a 250 mg level. Whereas, PA recomemends
250 mg for public water supply, SO4 and CL. He said WV has no TDS
criteria. EPA recommends 250 mg for TDS, SO4 and CL. He also said there
needs to be a Bromide standard.
Barry Pallay added that 80 percent of TDS comes from coal mines;
Marcellus needs regulations.
3 - Martin Niverth said that Chlorine in the Mon River was mainly from
Marcellus Shale Gas drilling along the Youghiogheny River. He
said Washington and Greene County were playing catch up. There are no
regulations in PA. He said citizens are being certified to do testing
through WVU (Paul Z.) He asked, 'what will Greene County do with the
results if they show worsening readings?'
Barry Pally said there were 57,000 wells in WV, 17 inspectors and 15
inspections a day per inspector. He said WV ought not to issue permits
if there is an insufficient number of inspectors.
4 - Jim Butler discussed citizen watershed monitoring and showed
slides showing the need for a good base line, monitoring trends and
early warning, weekly reports. He said an increase of TDS in Dunkard
Creek could occur again.
5 - Pam Judy discussed her personal situation in Carmichaels,
near Waynesburg, PA. Her house was built in 2006 and a compressor
station was placed nearby (20 feet) in 2009. There was no notice. Her
windows vibrate. She can smell petroleum, and got sick - head aches,
sore throat, running nose and nose bleeds. Blood tests showed benzenes
and petroleum in her.
Barry Pally said that Pam Judy's experiences were the public
implications of unregulated Marcellus Shall gas drilling. There are no
emission standards and no long term studies have been undertaken.
Pallay said it was analogous to experiences with asbestos and tobacco.
Industry must be regulated.
6 - Lee Avery showed slides of charts showing there were 57,000 active
wells, 50,000 were gas and 5,000 were oil wells. In 2007 and 2008 3,000
wells were permitted. In 2011 the number was 300.
The number of Marcellus wells permitted was 3234. In 2009, 60 were in
production and the number was increasing.
7 - Tim Manchin called in via phone from the Legislature to report
industry opposition to regulation and permit fees of $10,000 per well.
He discussed pooling options. There was no local interest.
8 - Amanada Pitzer said: 1) we need to educate legislature year round;
2) PA needs a legislative group; 3) legislators need facts; 4) check
9 - Vince Trivelli said the Marcellus Shale Gas drilling bills needed
to be expanded to cover pipelines and processing. There may be less
drilling and more forced pooling. He noted the Acting Governor Thomblin
appointed a Marcellus Shale Gas Commission. It consisted mainly of
10 - Bill Hughes, of the Wetzel County Action Group, showed slides
regarding air quality issues: burning diesel fuel in trucks,
emissions from tanks, trucks, and other equipment.
11 - John King said we need to collect the facts. He explained citizens
12 - Kevin Coyne showed Golden Algae related slides. He said there
was no algae bloom the past Summer (2010).
13 - Frank Jernejcic said there was a lack of communications in the
organization. There was no coordination with WVU and PA.
14 - Duane Nichols - discussed his views regarding the
Resolutions and Press Releases.
15 - Bill Wyant spoke of his ideas regarding a play, "The Monongalia
River in a Changing Nation."
16 - Barry Pallay wrapped up the meeting and thanked all for
their participation. He also said the next - Seventh WV/PA Monongahela
Area Watershed Compact meeting would occur on Wednesday, March 23 at
the Morgantown Airport Annex at 1 PM.