Is Shale Development Ruining Carroll County's Air Quality?
For more than 30 years, Kathryn King has enjoyed living on her 3-acre property in rural Loudon Township in southern Carroll County.
“When you opened the door, you would have pleasant odors like flowers and fresh air,” she said.
Five years ago, she began raising turkeys at her home, including rare heritage turkeys, which retain historic characteristics that are no longer present in the majority of turkeys raised today.
Recently, King began noticing a strong chemical smell in the air, especially in the morning. “It’s a strong smell,” she said. “Sometimes it burns my sinuses and my throat.”
She attributes it to development of the Utica shale play in Carroll County.
Four natural-gas wells have been drilled near her home in the past year or so — two northeast of her home toward Kilgore; one about one and a half miles to the south toward Jewett and one to the west toward Perrysville.
In addition, a natural-gas compression station has been built just north of her home on state Route 164.Read more by clicking here.
Kathryn King also sent information about this to us at The Daily Digger. I'm in the process of trying to research the PAHs mentioned later in the above article in order to get a better understanding of them. Stay tuned for more about this as we are able to gather more information.
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