Trailer Talk's Frack Talk: Why Food and Fuel Shouldn't Mix -- A Farmer Speaks Out On the Dangers of Fracking
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Well, in September, this Woodland Management Partners site -- at that stage they had completed the drilling; they moved the rig from here to Milanville, to the Crum site, where they were doing the next test well. So, the rig was gone. And on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, we were picking for market -- picking vegetables for market -- and we smelled this really strong intense sulphur odor. Smelled it -- said, "Huh?" -- didn't quite know what to do with it. We were running around getting for market -- didn't do anything about -- went to market.
The next day, Monday, Labor Day, the smell was there again. So, we called the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's emergency response line. There was an answering service. They said that they would immediately page the appropriate person ... it was Labor Day, so they didn't have a staff person there. The way it's supposed to work, they're supposed to page the person ... we never heard anything.
So, as you might imagine, we were slightly concerned that the government agency specifically charged with regulating and inspecting oil and gas activity, as enabled by the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act, were AWOL -- they were not there.
SA: My conversation with Greg Swartz, to be continued. To find out more, you can go to willowwisporganic.com; and about Tannis Kowlachuk, you can go to nacl.org.
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