Representatives from the Carlisle-based group ALLARM will discuss why fracking makes water safety one of the top environmental concerns facing Pennsylvanians today.
With the turn of the millennium and developments in High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing technology, shale gas plays have become a go-to source for natural gas extraction. The largest US shale gas play is found in the Appalachians with the combined Marcellus and Utica Shale formations. Since 2005, close to 8,000 unconventional gas wells have been permitted in Pennsylvania. As a result, water quality has risen to be one of the top of environmental health concerns in Pennsylvania. Not one monitoring entity in the state can keep up with the rate of drilling – therefore a coordinated multi-layer monitoring approach is required.
In collaboration with diverse organizations, academic institutions, and government agencies, the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) developed a volunteer-based protocol with the goal of monitoring small streams and their watersheds for early detection of the impacts from shale gas extraction in Pennsylvania. Additionally, ALLARM aims to empower Pennsylvania citizens with scientific tools to monitor and protect their own streams from potential impacts. After seven months of research and development, ALLARM began disseminating trainings throughout the state in the summer of 2010. To date, ALLARM has conducted 56 training with over 1300 volunteers in attendance. Without a strong statewide collaborative effort, volunteer water-monitoring mobilization within the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania would not have been possible.
In this presentation, attendees will be introduced to the science behind the shale gas plays, the role of volunteer monitors in protecting Pennsylvanian streams from potential impacts of natural gas drilling, and will finish by examining two community case studies.
This talk forms part of Bosler Library's new series: Going Green, which focuses on issues of sustainability. For more information or to suggest a speaker for the series, please call (717) 243-4642 ext 3224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.