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.
â€śMy next project that I have on the list is called the Elk County Monitoring Project (ECMP),â€ť Bonfardine said. â€śI'm trying to set up a monitoring project for whenever these wells are going to be drilled.â€ť
According to Bonfardine, the drilling can be kept track of with data loggers that will be put in the streams.
â€śThese data loggers are around $1,500, but they check the temperature, flow and conductivity,â€ť Bonfardine said. â€śIf there is a change in stream conditions, we can be notified immediately.â€ť
The data loggers record stream conditions every ten minutes.
Bonfardine plans to tie the ECMP with the Natural Gas Task Force.
â€śI 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,â€ť Bonfardine said.
For more on this story, see the Dec. 29 edition of The Daily Press.