WV SORO Update Archive

October 14, 2013

WVU Extension Service to Host Natural Gas Education Programs for Fall 2013

The WVU Extension Service has two natural gas education series planned for Fall 2013. The first series, scheduled for this week features Dr. Michael McCawley with Department of Occupational & Environmental Health Sciences at the WVU School of Public Health. Dr. McCawley will discuss Monitoring of Marcellus Shale Drilling Operations Tuesday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m.  at Philip Barbour High School Auditorium, Philippi, WV and Wednesday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m.  at the Erickson Alumni Center West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Each presentation will be followed by a question and answer session beginning at 7:00 p.m.

A West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection study, which included McCawley's work was released earlier this year. For that study, McCawley studied the air near seven wells throughout the state, including five in Wetzel County, one in Brooke County and one in Marion County. Each well was in a different stage of development at the time he monitored them from July through October 2012. Read more about the study and Dr. McCawley's recommendations here. McCawley is currently working with the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department to conduct a long-term study regarding how drilling is impacting Ohio County's air quality.

For more information and directions to for this week's presentations click here or contact Georgette Plaugher at 304-329-1391.

In November, the Extension Service is sponsoring two presentations on Gas Well Drilling and Your Private Water Supply featuring Brian Swystock, Penn State Cooperative Extension Service. These will be held Monday, November 18 at 6 p.m. at the Winfield Community Building, Fairmont, WV and Tuesday, November 19 at 6 p.m. at the Doddridge County Park Building, West Union, WV. More information and directions are available here.

Urge President Obama and Gina McCarthy to Reopen the Investigations on Fracking

Two weeks ago, members of the Stop the Frack Attack (STFA) network and members of Americans Against Fracking came together to deliver over 271,000 signatures demanding President Obama and Gina McCarthy reopen the EPA investigations of fracking contaminating ground-water in Dimock, PA, Pavillion, WY, and Parker County, TX. Now it's time to keep the pressure on. Help STFA reach its goal of 500,000 signatures by October 21 by signing and sharing this version of the petition.

Over the past year, the Obama administration has advocated an "all of the above" energy strategy, including pushing for natural gas extraction from fracking. Despite clear evidence of water and air pollution that harms the families with extraction in their backyards, and a promise from the President himself not to drill unless it is done safely, the Obama administration continues to turn a blind eye to the devastation caused by oil and gas extraction.

When early results of investigations in Dimock, Pennsylvania, Parker County, Texas and Pavillion, Wyoming showed that the EPA had evidence linking gas drilling and fracking operations to groundwater contamination, the Obama administration chose to abandon the investigations, leaving impacted communities to fend for themselves.

President Obama and EPA administrator Gina McCarthy must stand with those communities who have been harmed by extraction.

TAKE ACTION: Tell President Obama and Administrator McCarthy to uphold their responsibility to us, our health, and our drinking water and reopen the investigations into the dangers of fracking.

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