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Water tested near natural gas drilling sites

March 17, 2011

Property owners and residents in Juniata Township near Altoona in Central Pennsylvania are having their drinking water tested as a precaution to possible pollution from nearby unconventional natural gas development.

“If something happens to their water during the underground hydraulic fracturing of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale, the tested water will be evidence of the water’s quality on a specific date, township resident Mike Chirdon said.”

“No property owner should collect his or her own water sample and take it for testing, Chirdon said.  Township solicitor Michael Routch agreed and said that such action breaks ‘the chain of custody’ that is needed to hold up in court.”

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