I also found a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection with a "Notice of Violation" to Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, which sited them for:
1. Unpermitted discharge of polluting substances.
2. Failure to prevent gas from entering fresh ground water.
3. Failure to submit well record and completion reports.
4. Failure to submit plugging certificate among other things.
And if all this isn't bad enough, the cement casings used to keep the toxic water in place leak and this poisonous water travels and seeps into other waterways and into people's wells. Vera assures us, "Not everyone has this issue but your water starts to change--it turns gray. Then the water from the faucet spurts as gas comes out of the tap."
She goes on to explain, "The gas companies have been fined for defective casings and spills. The fracking wells aren't safe and contaminate the water and land, and pollute the air when flaring occurs. Flaring is the fire that burns gas at the end of fracking. It sounds like JFK airport 24/7. Three hundred trucks a day coming and going. This also emits voc's and formaldehyde.
"Don't let them in," she implores us.
"Look at what is happening to us. It goes on for a year or more. They do 1-5 wells on each site. They frack it. Flare it and it sounds like a jet plane. 300 ft. from homes. Noise, lights, smells, dust, traffic, emissions. Once they're done they have to fill in the pipelines. Dig up 100 ft. swatches through the valleys, creek beds and wells, Pipelines. Then they need compressor stations to compress the gas, dehydrate it and push it through quickly. It's only 21 miles to New York. We asked how many will you need (compressor stations)? None.
Now there are 4 of them. Noise 24/7 and emissions. Tons of emissions are allowed each year, benzenes, all the gasses, sulfa, formaldide, etc. They are building one every 2-4 miles.
The gas companies claim they do everything within the law. Maybe these regulations are not adequate. We need to relook at these regulations. They put wells on school properties. Do you want this near your children and your schools?
I've come to warn you," she continues. "Come look at it." Vera gives regular tours of the sites to show media and officials from all over the country, state and world what is happening to her state and our country and she invites us all to a tour she's holding on October 20th and advises us to bring Governor Cuomo along so he can see what's going on as well.
Susquehanna County has become just another sacrifice zone for the fossil fuel industry. Fracking is a short-term solution for a long-term problem based on huge profits for the fossil fuel industry. These fossil fuel companies have no conscience, no morals and care about nothing but their profits and now they want to frack in New York and Governor Cuomo is ready to allow this.
The New York City water shed has the largest unfiltered drinking water supply in the world and serves 16 million people. There could be 50,000 wells in the New York water basin alone. The only energy independence is renewal energy. We have the technology to transition into clean energy. So why don't we? Our legislators are too busy being bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry and fracking is another big give away for the fossil fuel industry at the expense of our clean drinking water, our natural environment and our health.
Vera beseeches us, "Stand fast. No state in the union has resisted this long. The gas companies are exempt from all laws for clean water and clean air. Four years you've kept them out. I'm impressed. No other state has done this. Continue to do this. Because once you let them in you can't get them out."