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Resolution for Requesting Stop Work 5.17.11

Resolution for Requesting Stop Work 5.17.11

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RESOLUTION REQUESTING A WVDEP STOP WORK ORDER ON THE DRILLINGIN MARCELLUS SHALE WITHIN ONE MILE OF THE MORGANTOWN WATER SUPPLY INTAKE UNTIL SECURE PROTECTION OF MUNICIPAL DRINKINGWATER SUPPLIES AS WELL AS PUBLIC HEALTH, PUBLIC SAFETY, AND PUBLICWELFARE CAN BE ASSURED
Whereas
, the drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale requires hydraulic fracturingtechniques which involve 1) the transport, use, and storage of millions of gallons of waterfor each frac job, 2) the transport, storage and use of hazardous chemicals, 3) theproduction of drill tailings and air emissions, and 4) the management, storage and transportof waste water which contain heavy metals, high concentrations of brine, processed water,and naturally occurring radioactive materials which must be carefully managed to preventcontamination by high quantities of total dissolved solids (TDS) which cannot be filtered bya municipal water and sewer treatment systems, and
Whereas
, any mismanagement of the well casing management program including cementprocessing and curing, any mismanagement of spills, disposal, and transport of largequantities of used waste/brine/processed water with chemical solutions, any large orsustained releases of methane, other gases and liquid hydrocarbons, and day/night-timedrilling noises can pose serious damage to drinking water supplies, public health, publicsafety and public welfare for a diverse metropolitan population and its economy, and
Whereas
, to-date numerous citations have been issued by the DEP and/or the EPA forfailure to comply with existing well siting, operations and environmental standardsreflecting a current degree of inconsistency and unreliability in complying with basicstandards even by established corporations, and
Whereas,
neither the EPA nor the Department of Energy nor the Congress nor the WVState Legislature have set forth standards for safe horizontal drilling and fracking in deepshale formations; nor have questions about casing construction/inspection relative topressure (p.s.i.) used in fracking been publically addressed; nor have questions relating towater and air conditions relating to well-site work on a Superfund site as such work relatesto public health and safety been publically reviewed; and nor has the protection against therisk of instability of the subsoils along the Monongahela River and its “slumping banks”been explained, and
Whereas,
the public water supply in Morgantown serves more than 90,000 residents,businesses and visitors who cannot afford to be subject to the possibility of a breakdown inwaste/frac/processed water containment systems such as the unplanned malfunction eventon April 19-21 which overwhelmed the containment systems of an experienced drillingcorporation and entered a tributary of the Susquehanna River in northeast Pennsylvania,and
Whereas,
in addition to multiple types of risks to the water supply for thousands of people,at-risk citizens with breathing, cardiac and immune system problems face probableexposure to gas releases including flaring; many persons of all ages - including schoolchildren - face the significant nuisance of sustained drilling noise; and persons traveling ondrilling site-area roads and bridges - who already cope with high traffic on the under-developed roads - will have to accommodate a significant increase in heavy trucking andequipment transport as well as increased road damage, 
 Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved 
 
 ,
the City Council of Morgantown calls for the WVDepartment of Environmental Protection to issue a stop work order on all Marcellus Shaledrilling within one mile of the Morgantown municipal water in-take on the Monongahela

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