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Marcellus Shale monitoring project in the works

December 29, 2010

The Elk County Monitoring Project will help monitor watershed conditions in areas with Marcellus Shale drilling sites.

During Monday night's Conservation District meeting, Elk County Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine announced a new monitoring project in the works to keep an eye on the Marcellus Shale drilling.
“My next project that I have on the list is called the Elk County Monitoring Project (ECMP),” Bonfardine said. “I'm trying to set up a monitoring project for whenever these wells are going to be drilled.”
According to Bonfardine, the drilling can be kept track of with data loggers that will be put in the streams.
“These data loggers are around $1,500, but they check the temperature, flow and conductivity,” Bonfardine said. “If there is a change in stream conditions, we can be notified immediately.”
The data loggers record stream conditions every ten minutes.
Bonfardine plans to tie the ECMP with the Natural Gas Task Force.
“I have a list of partners who I think would all work together in this; Trout Unlimited, the Senior Environmental Corps, and the U.S. Geological Service (which) is helping Somerset Conservation District with the same kind of plan,” Bonfardine said.
For more on this story, see the Dec. 29 edition of The Daily Press.

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