Thursday, December 3, 2009


More on Congressman Carney and the FRAC Act...

Below, according to today's Daily Review, are Carney's replies to questions posed by Joan Gustin, chairman of the Bradford County Democratic Party at a town hall meeting in Canton PA recently.

During the meeting, Joan Gustin, the chairman of the Bradford County Democratic Party, spoke to the congressman. Gustin talked to him about the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act, which she said she supports.


Following Gustin's comments, Carney referenced problems in his area, Dimock Township.

Last month, it was reported that a natural gas driller operating in the township will have to provide permanent water supplies to families whose drinking water has been contaminated by methane from faulty gas wells under a consent order signed with the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. must also prove the integrity of its existing wells, including the layers of casing and cement that seal off the gas and toxic fluids in the wells from the aquifers around them. It must get department approval of new casing and cementing plans before drilling any future wells, and it must pay a $120,000 fine.

After some further discussion, Carney added, "I think we've got to balance the problems with the benefits here. We can't turn it off, Joan."

"I'm not asking to turn it off," Gustin said, "but why wouldn't they (drilling companies) be responsible (to the environment)?

"Why are they exempt from polluting water?"

Doesn't seem like Carney answered this question...

CLICK HERE for the Review article.

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