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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Closely Monitored PA Reservoir Shows No Effect on Water From Drilling

From TribLIVE:
Three years of testing at the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County's Beaver Run Reservoir has found drinking water untainted by Marcellus shale gas wells, drilled just yards from the water supply. 
Testing will continue for a fourth year under a new contract with Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 
The school will be paid $75,000 this year for students and faculty members to inspect the 11-billion-gallon reservoir and surrounding property in northern Westmoreland County. 
“So far, there hasn't been any real changes,” said Nathan McElroy, associate professor of chemistry at IUP and co-chairman of the Beaver Run project. 
“We've found a few seasonal things, but nothing linked to drilling. The quality of the reservoir is pretty much the same quality of water throughout Pennsylvania,” McElroy said.
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