First Posted: 7/22/2009
The South Branch Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Coalition will hold a free public presentation on natural gas development and associated geological and groundwater issues at Keystone College at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 3 at Capwell Science Hall Room 214, Keystone College. The guest presenter will be Professor Robert Cook, Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Keystone College. Prof. Cook holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Bryn Mawr College. With a specialization in hydrogeology, he has extensive knowledge and research experience on groundwater in our region. The potential for impacts to groundwater has become a top public concern as natural gas drilling moves forward in northeastern Pennsylvania. Extracting gas from the Marcellus Shale requires drilling through thousands of feet of geological formations, including layers that supply our drinking water. Residents of our area, who have always taken a safe and reliable supply of drinking water for granted, are now feeling the need to protect their water wells from unintended consequences of gas development.The South Branch Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Coalition will hold its monthly meeting at 6:15 p.m., immediately before the presentation. The public is welcome to attend. The Coalition is a grassroots organization committed to maintaining the health of the South Branch Tunkhannock Creek watershed through raising community awareness and water quality monitoring. The South Branch Tunkhannock Creek Watershed encompasses much of the Abingtons, Factoryville, Scott, Benton and Greenfield areas, and the Coalition welcomes new members. For more information about this event or about the Coalition, call 570.945.6995 or email .