Officials committed to safety

In light of the increased environmental awareness due to the Marcellus Shale gas industry impacting local municipalities on various levels, the Elk County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday re-pledged their commitment to safety.William Granche, a member of Elk County C.A.R.E.S. [Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship], shared his views on the subject with the commissioners."Even if we can't do something-- that's the concept I hear all the time-- the concept of responsibility back and forth like a ping pong ball-- 'I can't do anything' and 'My hands are tied'-- there are a lot of politicians who say that," Granche said. "The point is if you can't do anything, at least speak up and express your concerns, and this isn't something that I've been seeing."According to research conducted by Granche, there are 12 wells drilled in Elk County and 10 of them have had violations.