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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Heads up, Ligonier...: It's "our backyard" now; time to stand up

Families' well water disrupted near Ligonier

Families cite Marcellus Shale wastewater contamination

"Route 711, designated a "Pennsylvania Scenic Byway," wends through the countryside south of Ligonier. The bends in the two-lane road mirror the twists that three families living along it have traveled in trying to replace water supplies contaminated by wastewater from Marcellus Shale gas drilling. Although the state Department of Environmental Protection has known about WPX Appalachia LLC's leaky wastewater impoundment next to its Kalp well pad for almost two years and verified well-water contamination at one of the three nearby homes more than a year ago, all of the families remain without permanent replacement water supplies, said Nick Kennedy, an attorney and community advocate for the Mountain Watershed Association.
"The DEP should be requiring the company to permanently replace the families' water with an adequate source, but it's moved slowly and without coordination," Mr. Kennedy said. "It's scary that there is this lack of oversight by the DEP.""

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