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Learning from PA’s oil drilling history and water pollution

June 26, 2013

Here is my entry into the Wayne County Commissioners’ decision to pursue fracking for all of the reasons they have given. I own 250 acres in Venango County in northwestern Pennsylvania. At the turn of the last century, oil was king there and our property was drilled, baby drill. The wells were 1,500 to 2,000 feet deep with steel casings. Fracking is taking place in Venango County big time now and currently the wells are about the same depth.

If you want to know how the oil drilling affected the area, all you have to do is take a look at some of the acid drenched streams, colored orange with “yellowboy” which has escaped the confined of so called plugged well and now seeps through the rock strata everywhere. Now of course this same thing won’t happen with fracking. The casings will last forever and the poisonous gunk pumped into the wells won’t ever show up again in the environment. The “yellowboy” in the streams around our property is quite vivid proof of what drilling and pumping does to your water and the environment. Trout in streams—forget it. Expensive water filters, and I mean expensive costs, are what you have to put up with now in order to drink the yellow gunk.

But, march on, Wayne County Commissioners. Politics and so called property rights are what really matters here. American folks can live with the results while the Chinese benefit from our exporting of the liquidized gas to them rather than benefiting the U.S.

Gaylord Yost
Milwaukee, WI