September 23, 2014

DEP Data for Dimock, PA

From the Damascus Township Methane Baseline

This is the Dimock data dump as the PA DEP people called it.  We started asking for info on some of the gas wells in Dimock just after the Jan 1, 2009 blow up of Norma Fiorentino’s water well.  In answer to DCS’ requests – multiple phone calls made by one of our members we were told that a “data dump” was being gathered and we could have it to look at or for copying – we chose to pay for and have it all copied and  sent it to EarthJustice to scan.   It seems that it was prepared as a result of a Right to Know Request (see pages 23 and 24 of Communication with Public.pdf) filed by one April Knizner of Delmont, PA.  Also in Delmont, PA is Penneco – gas/oil co with leases and drilling interests. Since obtaining these papers and posting them we and others have been stone-walled or severely disappointed that papers expected to be in files have not been there, but if you read these you will find many interesting items.  Newspaper stories written at the time with statements by DEP spokespeople seemed to say that many qualities were being tested for, but on careful reading and in actual fact only two places were tested for a number of items.  If you look at the tests and the logs you see that the DEP only tested 2 places for all these and about half of the homes for some – about half of the almost 40 places were only tested for methane (and ethane, ethylene, and propane) which is done as a single test with a hand held meter in the field.  NOTE that these meters are not subject to a verified or certified standard zero-ing (like a commercially used scale would be). SEE Internal DEP Discussion.pdf for discussion of “marcellus brand”  AND water tests - for the particulars of what was tested for – especially when compared to the carefully worded press releases that made it sound like the DEP was testing each location for the full list. Dimock is in the Susquehanna River Valley in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.

Emails, Correspondence, Test Results, etc. – 2006 to 2009

DEP Analytical Reports (water tests) – 2008 to 2009

Maps