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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 potential voice of sanity in the supervisory desert in Ligonier Township

"Numerous Ligonier Township residents' hopes were dashed Tuesday night when the supervisors did not vote in favor of one board member's motion to place a moratorium on unconventional gas well drilling until a study can be done to examine the effects of a local gas well on a resident's water well. Supervisor Tim Komar proposed suspending the drilling activity in the township until it can be determined whether the Nelson gas well along Route 259 contaminated a nearby resident's water.

Komar said he has done a lot of research during the past month about gas wells, and he received information about a woman's well, within 4,000 feet of the Nelson property. He said the woman's water was not tested ahead of time because the well was not within the buffer required by the state Department of Environmental Protection, but he said information received during last month's public hearing stated that water wells as far away as 5,000 feet of gas wells have been affected.

“This concerns me,” Komar said. “I would like before we go anywhere on the gas wells for somebody to do a study; and I'll even kick in some money to it myself because we need to determine one way or the other, was this well contaminated by the Nelson gas well or was it not.” Despite resounding applause and cheers from members of the public, his motion died for lack of a second. Supervisor Paul Knupp declined to comment on his decision.

“I want to move forward,” Chairman Wade Thomas said."