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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Seismic Testing announced in Westmoreland County

What is Seismic Testing, and why should one care?

“Seismic Testing is performed before an area is selected for drilling. This involves laying miles of lines, much like outdoor extension cords, laid out over the land in grid fashion for great distances. Then either explosive charges are dropped from the air and ignited, or “thumper” trucks are placed strategically in this grid to pound the ground to create seismic waves, which can then be analyzed electronically in a remote location. These seismic tests can damage foundations, bridges, retaining walls, towers, and other infrastructure. Homeowners’ insurance does not usually cover damage resulting from seismic testing.  To be able to claim a damage one must allow the company to come into one’s home and on property to photograph before testing happens for documentation. However, if you own gas rights you do not have to consent to allow testing on your property and it is trespassing if they do come on your property - this applies to if you own the road way and have given easement to a township or the state - you have absolute right to refuse their testing.” (Mt. Watershed Association)

For more on seismic testing, euphemistically referred to as "3D imaging," see also http://www.wildlandscpr.org/road-riporter/shake-rattle-roll-understanding-seismic-testing.

Seismic Testing in the following areas was announced on Friday:

"Bell Municipality:
    Authorization # 996095 has been updated on 10/16/2013.
        Subfacility ID=990311 Name=WHITESELL MINE eMapPA search
    Authorization # 998044 has been updated on 10/16/2013.

Delmont Municipality:
    Authorization # 998044 has been updated on 10/16/2013.

Derry Municipality:
    Authorization # 996241 has been updated on 10/16/2013.
    Authorization # 996599 has been updated on 10/16/2013.
    Authorization # 998044 has been updated on 10/16/2013.

Export Municipality:
    Authorization # 998044 has been updated on 10/16/2013.

Fairfield Municipality:
    Authorization # 997369 has been updated on 10/16/2013.

Greensburg Municipality:
    Authorization # 998044 has been updated on 10/16/2013.

Hempfield Municipality:
    Authorization # 998012 has been updated on 10/16/2013.
    Authorization # 998044 has been updated on 10/16/2013.

Ligonier Municipality:
    Authorization # 997369 has been updated on 10/16/2013.

Loyalhanna Municipality:
    Authorization # 998044 has been updated on 10/16/2013.

Murrysville Municipality:
    Authorization # 998044 has been updated on 10/16/2013.

New Alexandria Municipality:
    Authorization # 998044 has been updated on 10/16/2013.

Penn Municipality:
    Authorization # 998044 has been updated on 10/16/2013.

Salem Municipality:
    Authorization # 998044 has been updated on 10/16/2013.

South Huntingdon Municipality:
    Authorization # 993650 has been updated on 10/16/2013.
        Subfacility ID=1116285 Name=BONDI UNIT 1H eMapPA search
    Authorization # 993651 has been updated on 10/16/2013.
        Subfacility ID=1116288 Name=BONDI UNIT 2H eMapPA search
    Authorization # 993653 has been updated on 10/16/2013.
        Subfacility ID=1116292 Name=BONDI UNIT 3H eMapPA search
    Authorization # 993654 has been updated on 10/16/2013.
        Subfacility ID=1116293 Name=BONDI UNIT 4H eMapPA search

Unity Municipality:
    Authorization # 998044 has been updated on 10/16/2013.

Washington Municipality:
    Authorization # 998044 has been updated on 10/16/2013.

Youngwood Municipality:
    Authorization # 998012 has been updated on 10/16/2013.

Please note: The eMapPA search links provided in this email represent subfacilities for which DEP has collected locational information. The eMapPA system may not necessarily display data for a subfacility if there are additional security restrictions in place. Note also that the Locate button used to display a subfacility in eMapPA may only work provided you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or greater as your web browser.

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