There will be a meeting of the Action and Education Committees on July 15, at 7 pm, at 644 Grand St., Morgantown. Everyone is welcome.
There will be a meeting of the Action and Education Committees on July 15, at 7 pm, at 644 Grand St., Morgantown. Everyone is welcome.
RALLY ON TODAY, SEPTEMBER 27, THE DAY FRACKING BEGINS! LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD AT MORGANTOWN INDUSTRIAL PARK!
HYDRO-FRACKING WILL BEGIN ON THE MARCELLUS WELLS IN MORGANTOWN INDUSTRIAL PARK ON TODAY TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27. BE THERE!
LET PEOPLE IN MORGANTOWN AND THROUGHOUT WV KNOW THAT WV4MOM AND OTHER CITIZENS ARE WATCHING AND MONITORING GAS COMPANY ACTIVITIES. WE ARE NOT GOING TO GO AWAY. WE ARE NOT GIVING UP THE FIGHT TO PROTECT OUR AIR AND OUR WATER AND THE QUALITY OF OUR ENVIRONMENT. LET PEOPLE KNOW WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE CHILDREN GOING TO SCHOOL IN THE VICINITY OF MORGANTOWN INDUSTRIAL PARK.
COME TO A RALLY AT THE ENTRANCE TO MORGANTOWN INDUSTRIAL PARK! LET'S RALLY AGAINST MARCELLUS DRILLING AND HYDRO-FRACKING!
FRACKING WILL BEGIN TODAY, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27.
WEAR A GAS MASK. YOU CAN PURCHASE ONE AT LOWES. WHERE: At the entrance to Morgantown Industrial Park. We have chosen a safe zone that is public space. We are allowed to rally 100 ft. from the intersection before entrance into the Park. We will demarcate the area. See the map below.
WHEN: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 11:00 AM TO 1:00 PM AND 3:00 PM TO 5:00 PM
WHY: WV4MOM would like everyone to know that we have not gone away and that we will be watching the activities of the gas companies as they begin horizontal hydro-fracking. We also want our City Council to know that we want an appeal to Judge Tucker’s ruling. WE ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND GIVE SUPPORT TO THE MANY SCHOOL CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN THE VICINITY OF THE MORGANTOWN INDUSTRIAL PARK THAT ARE AT EXTREME, IMMEDIATE RISK FROM THE AIR CONTAMINATION WHICH WILL BE CAUSED BY FRACKING.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Come to the rally. Stay part of the time or all of the time.
Please make signs that say things that same something about the safety of our children or signs that say things like: Don't frack with our water/We can't drink money/We are watching you/Fracking is not appealing--is Morgantown? Regulate fracking now. (Get creative, stay g-rated.)
Please tell your friends or others to join us.
For parking: Westover Park is 1/3 mile from the intersection. If you turn right at the intersection when you are on River Road, Westover Park is about 1/3 of a mile on the left. For people who cannot walk this distance, we will work together to shuttle everyone from the Westover Park to the Rally.
Not only that, but there is still a question regarding local authority to make zoning or regulatory decisions about fracking.
Please put JULY 19 on your calendar to attend the City Council meeting.
Theme: Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling
Friday, November 4th – Rig Tour, Dinner, Film Fest, Social
Saturday, November 5th – Watershed Celebration Day
Jackson’s Mill 4H Camp
Contact: Jami Thompson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration Deadline: October 1st.
To register online visit: http://www.wvca.us/wvwn/wcdn.cfm
Friday, November 4th
Marcellus Shale Drill Rig Tour:
12:00 - 5:15 PM
Note: A $10.00 deposit will be required from all tour participants. Deposit checks will be returned to all participants upon arrival to attend tour. Please make checks payable to WVCAC / WCD.
Join us for a Free Tour to a Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling Site on Friday, November 4, 2011. Meet at Jackson's Mill State 4H Camp. Pre-registration is required, 30 people will be accepted, maximum of two per watershed group (call Jami Thompson, WVCA, to register, 304.558.0382).
Chesapeake Energy (a co-sponsor of WCD) will make a presentation on the drilling process, provide the bus, take people to an operating drill pad, and be our tour guide. You will get up close to see the project, learn about what is actually done during the drilling process, and ask questions.
Hardhats, safety glasses, and headsets will be provided. No open toe shoes, wear steel toe shoes if you have them, or Chesapeake will provide toe clips. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before the tour.
Eat your lunch before you arrive, bring water & snacks for yourself, and dress for the weather.
Tour Agenda (For 30 People):
12:00 PM Meet at Jacksons Mill 4H Camp.
12:00 – 1:00 PM Drilling 101 - Overview of the process. (1 hr)
1:00 - 2:15 PM Load bus and drive to drill site. (1:15 hr)
2:15 - 3:45 PM Tour active drill rig site. (1:30 hr)
3:45 – 5:00 PM Load bus and return to Jacksons Mill. (1:15 hr)
5:00 - 5:15 PM Post-Tour discussion/ debrief. (0:15 hr)
Dinner, Film Festival & Social
5:30-10:30 p.m.: For Everyone. At Jacksons Mill 4H Camp.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner at Jacksons Mill, in our Social Reception Room (Pizza/Salad).
6:30-10:30 PM: Film Fest - Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling. * Social Reception in room across the hall.
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.: Gas Land (1.5 hours)
8:05 - 8:20 p.m.: BREAK (Social)
8:25 - 8:40 p.m.: Industry Response to Gas Land (15 min)
8:45 - 9:00 p.m.: BREAK (Social)
9:00 - 10:30 p.m.: Gas Odyssey (1.5 hours)
Saturday, November 5th
Watershed Celebration / 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast in Dining Hall
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Registration & Display Set Up
8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome & Overview / Future of WCD
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Marcellus Shale Panel Discussion
Moderator: Rick Buckley
U.S. Office of Surface Mining
(6 speakers / 10 minutes each)
· Duane Nichols, Co-Chair, WV/PA Monongahela Area Watershed Compact
· Delegate Woody Ireland, R-Ritchie, Joint Legislative Select Committee Member
· Rick Campbell, WVDEP Inspector
· Eddy Grey, PE, PS Triana Services
· (Invited) Amy Bergdale, EPA Scientist on Latest Study
· Julie Archer, WV Surface Owners Rights
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Panel Continued / Question Cards & Responses
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Networking / Water Sampling, Don Gasper /Developing a Youth Advisory Board, Friends of Deckers Creek
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch in Dining Hall
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Volunteer Awards Ceremony
Scholarships Available For Watershed Associations
Watershed associations participating in Friday’s Educational Tours and/or Watershed Celebration Day on Saturday are eligible to receive a $200 scholarship to help cover the cost of attending. You must submit a scholarship request, including a brief description of need. You may send your requests to WVCA WRC by FAX: 304.558.1635 or e-mail: email@example.com. Contact Jami Thompson at: 304.558.0382 / 800.682.7866 in WV for additional scholarship information.
δ Note: Scholarship applicants must be traveling more than 30 miles to be eligible. Only one scholarship per watershed association will be awarded.
Registration deadline: October 1, 2011
Watershed Resource Center
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25305-0193
(800) 682-7866 / (304) 558-0382
FAX: (304) 558-1635
Back in July, Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, acting as Governor, signed an executive order directing the DEP to develop “emergency rules” to regulate Marcellus Shale gas drilling. Although it falls short, the plan is a positive first step.
The Legislature must now act to address the many additional problems Marcellus fracking poses to our health, air, water and land.
But first, as part of this whole process, the WV Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Coopers Rock Conference Room at the WVDEP Headquarters located at 601 57th Street, SE, Charleston, (Kanawha City next to the Kanawha Mall). The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments on these proposed rules. Any person wishing to comment on the proposed rule is invited to be present. In addition to oral comments provided at the hearing, the agency will accept written comments at any time up to the conclusion of the public hearing. At this point, it may be too late to have comments submitted by U.S. Mail, but written comments may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
For a copy of the proposed rule: http://www.dep.wv.gov/oil-and-gas/Pages/default.aspx
From the perspective of WV Sierra Club and allied organizations, these emergency rules are inadequate to ensure safe, responsible development of the Marcellus Shale.
Here are a number of problems with the proposed rules. Take your pick. Email the DEP and let them know how you feel.
Talking Points on the Rule:
The DEP’s press release was misleading when it said that the rule, “stipulates that all drill cuttings and drilling mud be disposed of in anapproved solid waste facility.”
Section 4.3 also states, “or managed on-site in a manner otherwise approved by the Secretary,” There is no indication of what the Secretary may approve. “Approved solid waste facility” is a complete mystery, and “or managed on-site in a manner otherwise approved by the Secretary” means pit burial. “Approved by the Secretary” is not acceptable. The secretary is a political appointee who takes orders from elected politicians who depend on campaign donations.
A scientific study of the problems associated with on-site burial of pit waste from a conventional well drilled in Fernow Experimental Forest documented seeps and leaching into surrounding soils. Marcellus Shale wells contain more potential contaminates, toxins and carcinogens (including naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORMs) than conventional wells and at much greater volumes.
In Section 4.1.a. Withdrawing water from surface waters of the State using methods deemed appropriate by the Secretary so as to maintain sufficient in-stream flow immediately downstream of the withdrawal location; Acceptable methods for determining sufficient in-stream flow should be made by politically independent scientists.
4.2.a. Within forty-eight (48) hours, but no less than twenty-four (24) hours, prior to the withdrawal of water, the operator shall identify the location of withdrawal by latitude and longitude; verify, using methods deemed acceptable by the Secretary, that sufficient flow exists to protect designated uses of the stream; and provide notice to the Office as prescribed by the Secretary; “using methods acceptable to the Secretary” is not acceptable
3.3.f.2. A demonstration, using methods acceptable to the Secretary (there’s that unacceptable phrase again), that sufficient in-stream flow will be available immediately downstream of the point of withdrawal. Sufficient in-stream flow is maintained when pass-by flow that is protective of the identified use of the stream is preserved immediately downstream of the point of withdrawal.
The rule insults those living in rural areas by only requiring published notice of the siting of these industrial drill sites if a well will be drilled inside the city limits. The rule would not even have required public notice of the controversial well drilled just outside the city limits of Morgantown. Language should cover public notice for all wells, not just within municipalities.
3.3.d. The planned management and disposition of wastewater from fracturing, stimulation, and production activities;
The specific place of wastewater disposal should also be in the water management plan. They are going to run out of places to put this waste fluid (which obviously is NOT just “wastewater”). Restrictions should be tightened.
3.4.b. Well site safety meetings. – Safety meetings shall be held on-site weekly, at a minimum, and specifically prior to the beginning of drilling, completion, and work-over operations. Meeting attendance shall be logged, and the log shall be maintained on site. A check-in and check-out list of all personnel shall be maintained during the drilling and completion phases of the operation.
Personnel attending well site safety meetings should include subcontractors and truckers (or some other provision for training truckers must be found). At each well site safety meeting all workers, including truck drivers, should be provided with and keep in their possession the up-to-date phone numbers to call in case of any emergency. Spills from trucks, whether on the site or in transit, are emergencies.
4.1.b. Casing, sealing or otherwise managing wells to keep fluids or natural gas from entering ground or surface waters;
“or otherwise managing wells” – does this phrase open the door to anything? Drillers that continue to use hay bales to stop sediment of chemical spills are not to be trusted to decide how to manage fluids.
4.1.c. Conducting oil and gas operations using BMPs (Best Management Practices) so as to prevent, to the extent practicable, additional contributions of suspended or dissolved solids to stream flow or runoff outside the permit area, but in no event shall the contributions be in excess of requirements set by applicable State or federal law.
“to the extent practicable” is an unacceptable loophole.
4.4.a.4. Casing shall not be disturbed for a period of at least eight hours after the completion of cementing operations
This is the most critical function in protecting groundwater. An inspector should be required on-site to sign off on the log verifying that casing cement was properly cured. Is there not a test to determine when the cement has set?
Have questions about surface owners' rights? Come to a symposium in March, hosted SORO, Friends of Decker's Creek, Friends of the Cheat, and Preston CARES:
West Virginia Surface Owners’ Rights Organization (SORO), Friends of Deckers Creek, Friends of the Cheat, and Preston CARES (Citizens’ Alliance for Resources and Environmental Safety), are hosting a Marcellus Shale community symposium focused on land owners’ rights. Other topics to be addressed include leasing issues and volunteer water monitoring programs.
The symposium will be held on Sunday, March 4th 2012 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM at the Bruceton United Methodist Church in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia and is open to the public.
Julie Archer from the West Virginia Surface Owners’ Rights Organization (WVSORO) will present “The Top 10 Tips for Surface Owners Before/When the Oil and Gas Driller Shows Up”. Morgantown attorney Jay Leon who specializes in energy, oil, and gas law will address leasing issues such as lease holding and renewal. Friends of Deckers Creek and Friends of the Cheat will briefly discuss their citizen scientist monitoring programs. There will also be ample time for questions and discussion.
This will be a great opportunity for residents to learn more about the potential environmental impacts from Marcellus Shale drilling, land owners’ rights, and to get involved with monitoring efforts. We hope to see you there!