Fracking In Your Neighborhood
What is Fracking?
How does Fracking affect Economic Development and Property Values?
A study conducted by researchers at Duke University found that the risks and potential liabilities of drilling outweigh economic benefits like lease payments and potential economic development in Washington County, PA. Penn Township is no different! Click Here to view report.
Protect PT has an extensive collection of resource documents (like the DEP and PT permits/applications, etc)
If you want to view any documents that Protect PT has made available you may find it on this page or if there are documents you would like to share with us, please CONTACT us directly through this site. We thank you for your interest, information and concern.
Complaint and Compliance Management
Documenting and reporting to the proper agency is critical to your protection.
Lights, Noise, Action. Lots of action! As unconventional gas development commences in Penn Township, residents will be exposed to the different stages of this heavy industrial process in close proximity to our homes, businesses, and schools. These stages include construction of well pads, drilling of vertical and horizontal bores, hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), flowback wastewater management, and completion.
Home Resource Guide
Unconventional gas development presents risks from hazards, nuisances, and pollution that can impact human health and the environment. The Home Resource Guide and Workshop educate residents on how to recognize and report pollution events, how to prepare for emergencies and how to participate in air, noise, and water monitoring programs.
Our home resource guide contains four sections:
There are things residents can do to be proactive in protecting themselves from the harms of gas development.
Emergency & Disaster Preparedness
Why do we need to be prepared?
Sirens, Whistles, Flashing Lights. These are the sights and sounds of emergency vehicles rushing to the scene. Shale gas production brings a new danger to our community. As unconventional gas development commences, residents will be exposed to the different stages of this heavy industrial process in close proximity to homes, businesses, and schools. These stages include construction of well pads, drilling of vertical and horizontal bores, high volume hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), flowback wastewater management, completion, and pipelines.
Air & Water Pollution
What is in the air?
Unconventional gas development can pollute the air in many different ways releasing particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, and hydrocarbons. Some of this air pollution is visible like smoke from diesel engines or fires at the well and some air pollution is not visible, at least to the naked eye. Gases like methane are invisible often leak or are vented from well sites, pipelines, and compressor stations.
What is in the water?
The use of high volumes of water mixed with toxic chemicals results in polluted water that can migrate through fissures deep in the earth, allowing fracking wastewater to seep into the underground aquifers that feed many people's private water wells.