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Hydrofracking Forum Documents from Josh Fox, Gasland - Chautauqua County Department Of Health Memo to DEC

Hydrofracking Forum Documents from Josh Fox, Gasland - Chautauqua County Department Of Health Memo to DEC

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CHAUTAUQUACOUNTYDEPARTMENTOFHEALTH
Divisionof
Environmental
HealthServices
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CountyOffice
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Fax:
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1170CentralA~ue0&FPlazaDunkirk,NY14048
Phone:
716-366-8831
Fax:
716-366·5567
MayWlkDistrictOfJiu
HallIlClodlicrBuilding
7NorthEricStreetMayville,NY14757
Phone:
716-753-4481
Fax:
7[6-7534344
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CHRISTINESCHUYLER,BSS,MBA
PublicHealthDirector
ROBERTBERKE,MD.MPH
MediCtlICcmsuJlan/
MARKSTOW
June1,2009
DireotofEnviroiJ1nenialHtaJthServices
Mr.ChrisMillerNYSDECDivisionofMineralResources1&2EastUnionStreetAllegany,NY14701Re:WaterWellContaminationDavidandKellyFerrugia2641DonelsonRdJamestown,NY14701TownofKiantoneDearMr.Miller:OnApril20,2009Iinvestigatedaprivatedrinkingwaterwellcontaminationproblemattheabovereferencedpropertythatissuspectedtohavebeencausedbyanearbygaswell.ThereareseveralgaswellsinthevicinityofFerrugia'swaterwell,twoofwhicharewithin1,000
ft.
Nornew'swell(APInumber31013240990000),theclosest,wascompletedonSeptember
I,
2005andislocated330
ft
up-gradientofFerrugia'swaterwell.NornewhadFerrugia'swatersampledpriortodrillingthatwell,andagainonApri116,2007.SeeAttachment1tableforresults.TheFerrugiasbegannoticingachangeintheirdrinkingwater
quality
in
midtolate2007whichincludedbrownmineralstainingofwaterfixtures,asaltytastetothewaterandanintermittentsulfursmell,noneofwhichtheyhadexperiencedbefore.Ferrugiasbegandevelopingtheirhomesitein2001onapreviouslyundeveloped22acretractofland.Theirwaterwellwasdrilledin2001andtheirsepticsysteminstalledin2002.SoilsinthatareaareFremontsiltloamwhichcontainsasignificantamountofsiltyclayandexhibitlowpermeability,Accordingtotheirwaterwelllog(Attachment2).thereis7
ft
ofhardpan(glacial
till)
overlyingseveralfeetoffragmentedshale.andthen
finn
shaleisencounteredIS
ft
belowground.Theirseptic
tank
islocated150
ft
down-gradientfromtheirwaterwell.Theirleachfieldisasandfilterlocated273
ft
down-gradientoftheirwell,neartheroad.Theroadis300
ft
down-gradientoftheirwell.SeeAttachments3,4andS.Forevaluation,waterqualitydatacanbeplottedonaPiperdiagram.Thisdiagramusesthebasicprinciplethatchemicalcharacteristicsofwateraredeterminedbytherelativeproportionofsevenmajorions(calcium,magnesium,sodium,potassium,chloride,sulfate,andalkalinity).TheratiosoftheseionsinmilliequivaIentscanbeusedasameansto"fingerprint"thewater.Thisisveryusefulforevaluatingchangesinwaterqualityovertime.ResuJtsofwatersamplescollectedfromtheFerrugiawellwereplottedonPiperdiagrams(Attachment6)andshowsthatwaterqualityshiftedfrombeingsodiumcarbonatedominatedtosodiumchloridedominated.SteamsandWheler(1996),whileconductingresearchforChautauquaCounty,createdageneralizedgroundwaterclassificationschemeusingPiper
 
Mr.
ChrisMillerJune1,2009Page
20f2
diagramsasshown
in
Attachment7.ApplyingtheSteamsandWhelerworktotheFerrugiadatashowsthatsamplescollectedaftergaswelldrilling
are
exhibitingcharacteristicsofsodiumchloridebrine,whereassamplescollectedbeforedrillingdonotexhibitbrinecharacteristics.KellyFerrugiaspoketoBrianJandrewregardingtheirwellcontaminationprobleminDecemberof2007orJanuaryof2008.
Mr.
Jandrewsuggestedthattheproblemwascausedbyeithertheirsepticsystemorbyroaddeicingmaterial.Giventheseparationdistances,topographyandsoiltypes,IbelievebothofMr.Jandrew'ssuggestions
are
extremelyunlikely.IntheFerrugia'scasetheevidencestronglyindicatesthecontaminationisfrombrine.Testingoftheirwaterwellshows
it
hadgoodwater
quality
beforeagaswellwasdrilled330
ft
awayfrom
it.
Post-gaswelltestingshowsthewellwaterqualityischanging,asshown
in
samplescollected21monthsfollowinggaswelldevelopment..ThisisawelldocumentedcaseshowingdrinkingwaterimpactsthatareseeminglyrelatedtogaswelldevelopmentBasedonourMOUwithNYSDEC.theChautauquaCountyDepartmentofHealthrequeststhatyourDivisionthoroughlyinvestigatetoidentifythecauseofcontaminationandassisttheFerrugias
in
correctingtheirwaterqualityproblems.Feelfreetocontactmeat716-753-4481todiscuss.
Sincerely,
0~
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WilliamT.Boria,BSGeophysics,MSGeologyWaterResourceSpecialistChautauquaCountyDepartmentofHealth
MayvilleDistrictOffice
Copies:
Mr.
andMrs.DavidFerrugia
Mr.
Gregory
J.
Edwards.CountyExecutiveMr.BradleyJ.Field,NYSDECDivisionofMineralResources
Mr.
JamesDeZolt,P.E.,NYSDECDivisionofWaterMr.DavidRowley,P.E.,NYSDOH
Mr.
PaulHeisig,U.S.GeologicalSurvey
 
Attachment1
DavidandKellyFerrugiaResidenceSummaryofDrinkingWaterSampleResultsfromMicrobacLabs
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lkalinity
asCaC03(rnglL)
182130
Chloride(mglL)3.8223pH(stdunits)8.68.1TOS(mglL)
250600
Specific
Conductance
(uMhoslcm)3621000
Sulfate
(mg/L)
147Barium(mg/L)
0.181
1.12
Hardness
(rnglL)
34.7175
TotalIron(rng/L)
<0.050<0.050
Magnesium(mg/L)
1.49
13.4Manganese(mg/L)
0.0220.191Potassium
(mg/L)
1.944.58
Sodium
(rng/L)
76.4111
Calcium(mg/L)6.9548.1
Oil
&
Grease(mglL)
<5
<6
Coliform
Bacteria
(CFU/100ml)30
Methane
(mglL)
0.0008.0.011
Ethane
(mg/l)
<0.02<0.02
250
500
250
2.00
0.3
0.3
...
o
MCL=MaximumContaminant
LevelassetbyNYSOOHandEPA
-20
mg/l
ifon
severelyrestrictedsodiumdiet;
270mgll
if
onmoderatelyrestrictedsodiumdiet

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