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Free training to test water potentially impacted by Marcellus shale drilling

Mary Ann Thomas
| Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, 5:27 p.m.

A shale gas stream monitoring workshop will be held next month for residents of Penn Township and Trafford.

Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring and Protect Penn-Trafford will hold the free workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Protect PT office, 3337 Route 130 Suite 2, Harrison City.

The water monitoring group plans to later hold another workshop in Allegheny County.

Interested residents of Penn Township and Trafford Borough should RSVP or contact Natalie McNeil at mcneilln@dickinson.edu or 717-254-8143.

ALARM has developed a protocol for measuring water quality where Marcellus shale gas is extracted, according to Julie Vastine, director of ALARM, headquartered at Dickinson College, Carlisle.

Participants will be provided with equipment and trained on stream monitoring techniques to document the health of local waterways, collect baseline data and report potential shale gas extraction impacts.

Over eight years, ALARM has held more than 70 such workshops to assist citizens in checking for potential pollution in waterways in Western Pennsylvania and the northern tier, according to Vastine.

There has been an uptick in the last six to eight months for requests for the workshops, she said.

Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4691, mthomas@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaThomas_Trib.

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