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Information for Citizens Who May Have Experienced Drinking Water Contamination From Gas Drilling (in PA)
Have your water tested by a CERTIFIED Water Testing Laboratory!
This is not always a simple task because testing for methane and chemicals can involve expensive testing. Mr. Brian Oram, Professional Geologist and Soil Scientist, offers some guidelines and cautions on well water testing. He is also collecting testing data from citizens.
(Sierra Club does not endorse or sponsor Mr. Oram’s website, but offers it as a source of information)
There are four elements that make up a legally defensible baseline water test.
1. The test must be conducted by an independent 3rd party.
2. Training and protocols must be in place
3. There must be an identifiable chain of custody
4. The test must be conducted by a Pennsylvania State Certified Laboratory.
It is recommended that you have your well water tested as soon as you see beginning of operations by the natural gas industry. Test results are usually good for only six months. However, there are less expensive tests you can have done on an intermittent basis that can tell you, if certain indicators are suddenly present, that you need to have the more expensive tests done.
Find a PA-DEP Accredited Water Testing Laboratory
Follow this link to find PA-DEP Registered Laboratories listed by county
Call EPA to report a water well problem or surface spill.
EPA Natural Gas Drilling Tip Line
EPA's Mid-Atlantic Region has a natural gas drilling tip line for reporting dumping and other illegal or suspicious hauling and/or disposal activities.
Tip line number (toll free): 877-919-4372 (877-919-4EPA)
Tip email address:
Tip mailing address: EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street (3CEOO)
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Call DEP if you believe your water has been contaminated by gas drilling.
DEP Emergency Response Contact Numbers In Your Area
2 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia
2 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0790
Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming
909 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, York
208 West Third Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union
400 Waterfront Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4745
Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland
230 Chestnut Street
Meadville, PA 16335-3481
Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango, Warren
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