April 20, 2014

Water Testing

Crucial Community Water Tests Now Taking Place

There is a very alarming development regarding the gas-drilling issue within the Upper Delaware Watershed Region. Permits have been issued, and a gas-drilling well site has been cleared. Roads and a large pad have been constructed, and deep crushed stone has been laid down at a location in Torrey, Wayne County, PA. Drilling may soon begin – you must act now.

Public records disclose this work is being done – without the oversight of the DRBC [Delaware River Basin Commission], and the PA-DEP has issued permits for this “test well” with a minimum of information required from the drilling company.

In light of the recent water contamination in Dimock, PA, a carefully coordinated water testing program is now underway in our region. This important project will be an ongoing program to monitor this mostly unregulated drilling activity. Please be advised that drilling companies operate with exemptions to all major federal environmental protections. As a result, your present water supply is endangered. If you wish to protect your private source of pure water – you must act promptly to establish a baseline reading now, before the drilling begins.

The testing must be conducted by a PA-certified and reliable laboratory that maintains a “chain of custody” – so that the results are admissible in court if legal action becomes necessary. All test results are highly confidential. Cost packages and multi-home discounts are being arranged.

Contact Pocono Environmental Laboratories, 1 Old Mill Road, Tannersville, PA 18372, (570) 629-8900, http://www.PoconoLabs.com, email: merlic@poconolabs.com

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DCS’ RECOMMENDED WATER TESTS CHART as of January 2010

The prices below are current from Pocono Environmental Laboratories, 1 Old Mill Rd, Tannersville, PA 18372.
570-629-8900. PADEP Cert #.: 45-574. Test prices do not include collection charges.

Please be aware that test findings are admissible in court only when the water samples for testing are obtained by laboratory personnel. There is a fee for laboratory personnel to come and collect water samples. The costs depends upon the distance that must be traveled. Several households may elect to have their water samples collected on the same day, thereby spreading the cost among them.

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Pocono Environmental Laboratories water testing prices

 

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Pocono Environmental Laboratories water testing pricesEXPLANATION OF TERMS

* VALUE. Each test has been assigned a value. Value states the importance of a test for establishing a base line profile before drilling and fracking has begun.
E = Essential test
O = Optional tests. Optional if budget is an issue. The tests for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and oil and grease are considered optional because even if these contaminants are present, there is a good chance their concentrations will be lower than the detection limits of the tests. VOC testing is recommended if diesel fuel is suspected in the fracturing fluid.
M = Monitoring test. After a complete baseline is established, monitoring tests can be used to check for evidence of possible contamination. The landowner can collect samples himself. An increase over baseline on any monitoring test is a “red flag” for possible contamination. Then full professional testing should be conducted.
M, F = Monitoring tests the landowner can perform himself in the field

TEST COMPOSITION

This list of recommended tests is based on their appearance on all or any following as determined by DCS chemical engineering experts:
a. test results from waste water at Dimmock after fracturing began and the aquifer was contaminated. Performed by Pocono Labs, Stroudsburg.
b. the list ordered by the DEP to be tested in the Waste Water Treatment Plants along the Monongahela River in 2008 when contamination of the river from gas drilling waste water became obvious.
c. Penn State recommended water test items , page 7 of http://resources.cas.psu.edu/WaterResources/pdfs/gasdrilling.pdf
d. NY State not for profit lab, Steve Penningroth, Director

SOURCES FOR DCS’ WATER TESTS CHART

This list of recommended tests is based on their appearance on all or any of the following as determined by DCS with the help from experts:
a. Test results from waste water at Dimmock after fracturing began and the aquifer was contaminated
b. The list ordered by the DEP to be tested in the Waste Water Treatment Plants along the Monongahela River in 2008 when contamination of the river from gas drilling waste water became obvious.
c. Recommendations for water testing and monitoring from Pocono Environmental Laboratories, LLC, 1 Old Mill Rd, Tannersville, PA 18372. 570-629-8900 www.poconolabs.com
d. Penn State recommended water test items, page 7. http://extension.psu.edu/water/webinar-series/past-webinars/monitoring-strategies-near-gas-drilling/gasdrilling.pdf/view
e. Community Science Institute, a NY state not-for-profit testing laboratory, which advises anyone in an area where there’s drilling to test all the groundwater, springs, ponds and streams on their property.
http://www.communityscience.org/

THIS CHART IS SUBJECT TO REVISION WITHOUT NOTICE

EXAMPLE of a WATER TEST SET

The water test choices of householders in one neighborhood included the following set of tests from DCS’ Recommended Water Tests Chart of 6/2009, using Pocono Environmental Laboratories, LLC as the testing company.

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Pocono Environmental Laboratories example of water test set

Please be aware that test findings are admissible in court only when the water samples for testing are obtained by laboratory personnel. There is a fee for laboratory personnel to come and collect water samples. The costs depends upon the distance that must be traveled. Several households may elect to have their water samples collected on the same day, thereby spreading the cost among them.

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Pocono Environmental Laboratories is an environmental testing facility that provides a full line of test methods and packages specifically designed to assist the general public and protect our environement. Their laboratory is extensive and deep … in that they generally have more than one EPA approved method developed to run any one single testing analysis. [Special discounts will be arranged for multiple hosueholds and community baseline testing service.]