Jefferson County borough sues shale well developers

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Brockway Borough Municipal Authority in Jefferson County has sued Marcellus Shale well developers, claiming its water supply is endangered by plans to clear-cut 23 acres of forest and build a 10-million-gallon wastewater impoundment in two environmentally sensitive watersheds.

The lawsuit, filed in the Jefferson County Common Pleas Court, said the state did not assess the environmental impact or public water resource protections needed to permit the gas well drilling operation of Flatirons Development LLC of Houston, Texas, with local offices in DuBois, Clearfield County; excavating contractor Force Inc. of Indiana, Pa.; and New Growth Resources, a timber cutting company based in Kane, McKean County.

It asks the court to prohibit construction of the wastewater impoundment and stop all drilling activity until the authority and well developers can agree on a plan that will protect surface and ground water.

The water authority has 2,200 customers and has access rights to surface and ground water in the watersheds of Whetstone Branch and Rattlesnake Creek, two cold water fisheries in Jefferson County.


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