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Harper: Drill With Care In Marcellus Shale

creekMontgomery County State Representative Kate Harper says drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation, which stretches across Pennsylvania, could be very good for the state’s economy, but she has mixed feelings about the process used to get it out from deep underground. “It’s millions of cubic feet of natural gas, which can be sold and provide jobs for people and gas for industry, so it could be a very good thing.  The problem is the fracking process really can be dangerous for water and the environment, and you have to be very careful about how you extract that gas in order to get the economic benefits of it without getting an environmental problem.”

She says fracking, which uses large amounts of chemically-treated water under high pressure, has a built-in potential for danger.

“It involves depositing millions of gallons of water with chemicals into the earth, blowing the gas out, and then having to dispose of the water.  Now if you re-use the water, and you can’t re-use all of it, that takes some of the problem away.  But if you need to dispose of the water, or if you don’t hold it in a safe place, a leak or a spill could damage waterways, kill fish, and imperil people’s drinking water supply.”

She says Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger has assured her that new rules will protect the water supply, but she’s not so sure about DEP’s enforcement capability.

“I’m a little bit worried that the activity is so great we don’t have enough people employed by the Department of Environmental Protection to make sure that everyone is following the regulations, so we need to have two things.  One, good regulations that protect our drinking water supply from problems in the process and two, we need to have someone watching the process to make sure that the operators are doing it safely.”

Harper says she believes natural gas can be extracted safely, but it must be done very carefully with strict enforcement of the rules.  She says the Delaware River provides drinking water for New York City, Philadelphia and points in between, including the North Penn and North Wales Water Authorities, and that’s one reason behind the opposition to natural gas drilling in Upper Bucks County and other points along the river.
WNPV AM 1440 Saturday morning was a beautiful time for WNPV's Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway at Cardinal Camera in Quakertown! We gave away over $4,000 in prizes including three Grand Prizes of family 4-packs of tickets to Knoebel's Amusement Park in Elysburg. Saturday's Grand Prize winners were: Philip Schanz of Lansdale, Elaine Waters of Horsham, and Gloria Woodland of Lansdale. Maybe you'll win the Grand Prize at our next one!
WNPV AM 1440 Did you miss this week's "Regarding Your Money" show with George Toth? If so, you MUST tune in to "Chestnut Investment Attitudes" on Saturday at 9:10 AM! George has a very special guest, Michael Morsch, and they discuss the music of the 1970s! A very different show than usual ... so be sure to check it out at 1440 AM!
WNPV AM 1440 Make your plans today to attend WNPV's next Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 11 AM, at Cardinal Camera, on northbound Route 309 at the Route 313/663 intersection, in Quakertown! We are giving away almost $4,000 in prizes including Grand Prizes of family 4-packs of tickets to Knoebel's Amusement Park! We're getting down to the end of our run so take advantage of this opportunity to win your share! Plus, you'll get to meet Barry Papiernik, host of "The BuxMont Business Journal" heard Mondays on WNPV-1440 AM.
WNPV AM 1440 Did you win tickets to see ZZ Top at Musikfest in Bethlehem at one of WNPV's Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaways? If so, you must call me ASAP. ZZ Top has cancelled their concert and Musikfest is making other tickets available as replacements but I must make the arrangements immediately before the other concerts are sold out. Call me (Linda) at 215-855-8211 and give me the seat numbers of your tickets. We will talk about the available options when you call.
WNPV AM 1440 Tomorrow is the third Saturday of July and that means that you should tune to 1440 AM at 11 AM for Mike Bruckner and "Premium Coverage!" This week he has a special guest ... Lawrence Merkel who was a Lt. Colonel with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
WNPV AM 1440 Be sure to tune in to 1440 AM tomorrow (Saturday) at 8 AM for "Real Simple Retirement," a new program featuring Mark Kemp and Todd Little of Kemp-Harvest Financial in Harleysville.

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