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Hydrofracturing (or "fracking"): Delaware River Basin Commission Hearing Local Landowner

Its stating the obvious to say that strong opinions exist on the topic of hydrofracturing in PAs Marcellus Shale formation. Hydrofracturing -- commonly called fracking -- is a method of natural gas extraction that involves millions of gallons of water per well, mixed with chemicals and sand, which are injected deep into the earth to break up shale and release the resource.

This collection of excerpts from the recent Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) public hearing on two gas-related Stone Energy permits -- one for surface water withdrawal from the West Branch of the Lackawaxen River, the other for approval of the Matoushek #1 drill pad site -- highlights a few of the diverse landowner perspectives.

Some say gas lease money and potential royalties will allow them to continue to work their land and to pass it along to future generations. Others say the negative environmental impacts and water degradation will ruin their land and businesses, and ultimately cause them to leave the land they love.

Surely, as exploration for natural gas within the Marcellus Shale formation continues, it will impact the entire community -- and arguably already has. Decisions made today may play out over decades, or perhaps further into the future. In all likelihood the process will involve legal battles and court decisions. In the meantime, in a small rural community such as Wayne County, PA, the landowners at the heart of the debate are also neighbors whose daily existence is intrinsically intertwined. Often, neighboring families share common histories several generations deep. The question is, are they deeper than the non-renewable resources of the Marcellus Shale?

Dr. Ingraffea Facts on Fracking:

by Scott Cannon Lecture; Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, The Facts On Fracking, March 23, 2011 by Kristian Boose.Cornell University professor Anthony Ingraffea spoke at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania late in 2010.

Ingraffea speaks from the viewpoint of scientific, technological and engineering fact. This lecture on unconventional natural gas drilling was hosted by The Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition.

Fracking Explained with Animation


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