Lynn Senick

345 Park St.

Montrose, PA 18801

11.8.11


Thank you for having this meeting. I am here specifically to ask the EPA to hold a Susquehanna River Basin Forum for stakeholder’s to assess and address threats to our drinking water. But I am also here to ask you to address all of the impacts to our community.
We are in the very beginning of intensive gas industry development in my County. As it stands now, impact studies are patchy, short term and inadequate. They lack crucial peer reviewed authenticity. Studies about the effects to our air, our health and our long-term economics; farming, tourism, and natural resource conservation need to be comprehensive and address cumulative effects. Current studies must not be mere snapshots, which are then widely touted as definitive hard data. In this way the real story of what is happening is lost. In addition we are admittedly being used by the gas industry as an experiment and as a learning ground. This is a matter of social injustice. If it were any other industry or business the actions of the gas companies in my region would be unacceptable. I do not believe development would have proceeded at this rapid pace in an urban area. In fact when I contacted the DEP Office of Environmental Justice I was informed that my County was not eligible for their services because our population base was too low.

Office of Environmental Justice, http://tinyurl.com/7957g6e


I would like to know if the EPA is going to step in if the PADEP does not protect the citizens of our State?


In the interest of time I have included a copy of this testimony and a copy of my correspondence with the Terry Maenza, Director of the PA. American Water CO. about the lack of ability to protect my town’s municipal water supply. I have also included a copy of a document entitled, “Local Experiences Related to the Marcellus Shale Industry” by Stacy Covey, the President of the Troy Community Hospital in Sayre, PA.

Thank you for you time and consideration.


Lynn Senick

345 Park St.

Montrose, PA 18801






















Lynn Senick
346 Park St.
Montrose, PA 18801

11.8.11


To the EPA Representatives;

Thank you for holding a meeting with residents of NEPA and hearing our concerns, we may be small and rural but we are experiencing large and overwhelming problems. My concerns about the gas industry in my community are as follows:









Sincerely,
Lynn Senick
simplywitness@yahoo.com

 










FROM: Email

TO:


Monday, December 6, 2010 4:44 PM



 Ms. Senick,

Thank you for your inquiry. At the present time, PA American Water and other water providers have no knowledge or input on lease agreements, because neither the gas company nor landowner is required to notify the nearby water supplier about potential sites for drilling. What's more, current laws and regulations do not provide for water suppliers to be alerted or have the opportunity to give input during the review of drilling permits for property in close proximity to our sources. We'd like to see regulations and/or legislation that specifically notifies and enables water suppliers to express comments and concerns -- during the permit's review -- about the potential impact on our sources. In most cases, we now hear about permits and drilling locations only after they've been approved.

That's why we keep in close communication with DEP personnel to understand where drilling might occur in our watershed. We have been talking with Reps. Mundy and Boback and Sen. Baker to express our concerns and share our experience. I'm attaching a link to Rep. Boback's proposal on these issues, as a result of our conversations. (http://www.repboback.com/NewsItem.aspx?NewsID=9128)

Regards,

Terry M. Maenza
Director, Communications & External Affairs
Pennsylvania American Water
610-670-7789 ext. 123 (office)
610-849-6484 (cell)
610-741-0090 (fax)
terry.maenza@amwater.com
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