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Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120

DEP, SULLIVAN TOWNSHIP CREATE REPOSITORY FOR DOCUMENTS RELATING TO MAINESBURG GAS MIGRATION INVESTIGATION

Public Can View Files, Documents at Sullivan Township Building

08/15/2006 MEADVILLE -- Public files relating to the Department of Environmental Protection’s investigation into elevated methane gas levels in water wells in the Tioga County community of Mainesburg will be available for review beginning this week at the Sullivan Township Building.

Sullivan Township officials are housing the document repository at the township office, located at 308 Seymour Hill Road in Mainesburg.

Interested residents can contact township Secretary Nancy Smith at
 570-549-7051 to arrange an appointment to review the files.

“When DEP met with residents at a public meeting earlier this month, they expressed the desire for increased access to documents related to the investigation,” DEP Northwest Regional Director Kelly Burch said.

“Sullivan Township officials graciously agreed to maintain the public file to help residents stay informed about the activities taking place in their community.

Having documents available to residents in a location that is convenient to them is an important part of keeping individuals up to date with an ongoing issue.”

The public files contain information about DEP’s actions to identify the potential source of the migrating gas, and will include related correspondence and the results of studies conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the past year.

DEP will update the file as new information becomes available.

DEP has been in contact with Mainesburg residents since March 2004 when residents began reporting the presence of significant quantities of methane gas in their water wells.

DEP has collected water and gas samples throughout Mainesburg in an effort to assess the problem, identifying private water supplies where a detectable amount of methane is present.

Investigators have examined recently plugged and historic, abandoned, unplugged gas wells in the area, as well as natural phenomena, to identify the source of the methane gas.

Most recently, DEP and EPA staff used historical films from decades-old flyovers and conducted additional ground and aerial surveys this spring.

The department has provided venting and other safety information to residents, and Tioga County officials have provided funding for methane gas detectors that have been purchased and distributed by Sullivan Township.

DEP recommends that all water wells be equipped with a working vent.

Plumbing companies can help homeowners with the procedure, or residents can contact DEP at 814-332-6860 for more information.

Drinking water standard limits have not been established for natural gas. Associated health risks have not been identified.
 

Media Release: COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

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DEP to Update Mainesburg Residents on Methane Gas Migration Investigation


MEADVILLE (Nov. 3) -- The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting next week in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, to update residents on the ongoing investigation into possible causes for elevated methane gas levels in a number of water wells in Mainesburg.

The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Mainesburg Community Center, located at the intersection of Smith Park and Williams Road in Mainesburg.

“This meeting is part of our continuing effort to ensure residents have all the latest information about the investigation,” DEP Regional Director Kelly Burch said.

“We met with residents in August and promised more updates. The meeting next week will give us a chance to share with them what we have found over the past three months.”

The department has been working with Mainesburg residents since March 2004 when a citizen reported water well problems.

Since that time, DEP has been alerting residents about actions they can take to minimize the potential for methane gas to concentrate in their homes.

More recently, investigators have been searching for the methane sources by examining potential well sites identified by DEP and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which joined the investigation at the request of DEP Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty.

DEP has collected water samples and gas samples throughout Mainesburg in an effort to assess the problem, identifying private water supplies where a detectable amount of methane is present.

The department has provided venting and other safety information to residents, and Tioga County officials have provided funding for methane gas detectors that have been purchased and distributed by Sullivan Township.

DEP recommends that all water wells be equipped with a working vent. Plumbing companies can help homeowners with the procedure, or residents can contact DEP at 814-332-6860 for more information.

Drinking water standard limits have not been established for natural gas, and associated health risks have not been identified.
 

Media Release: COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

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