Dr. Kafer is a professor on the Natural Sciences Faculty of Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She is Associate Professor of Biology (anatomy & physiology).
This is your last chance to contact the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) and give your input regarding Chief Oil and Gas’s application to withdrawal 2 million gallons of water per day from the Loyalsock Creek at Forksville. The deadline for receiving comments is Monday, August 17, 2015.
On behalf of the LCWA members, the LCWA Board has provided testimony at two hearings, both in Grantsville, PA. On April 30th, Vice President Steve Szoke and Advisor Dr. Jon Niles gave testimony. Their main concern was that Chief was applying to withdraw far more water than the “safe” volume recommended by The Nature Conservancy for headwater streams. On August 6th, President Carol Kafer testified that according to the LCWA Mission Statement, we insist that mechanisms be in place to determine if a water withdrawal is having a negative impact on our Exceptional Value stream. Biologist and LCWA member Harvey Katz gave testimony stating more in-stream flow data must be collected before we can determine negative impacts.
For the August 6th hearing, there were 28 projects scheduled for action for which people could give testimony. Only ONE project was discussed: the withdrawal from the Loyalsock Creek! I am a great believer is the old adage “the squeaky wheel gets oiled”, so please, take a few moments and add your “squeak”. If you are struggling for words, maybe this will help. It is a paragraph from a document published by the SRBC titled “Frequently Asked Questions, Question #2: What kinds of approvals from the SRBC do the natural gas companies need to operate?”
“When reviewing proposed surface water withdrawals, SRBC evaluates whether the proposed withdrawal would adversely impact other water users, fish, wildlife, other living resources or their habitat, recreation and flows in streams; or cause water quality degradation that may be injurious to water users. SRBC also assess the potential for the withdrawal to cause adverse impacts, both individually and cumulatively, to the water resources of the basin and other nearby water users, including residential uses.”
Please don’t be self-conscious about your writing skills. What is important is that you make your voice heard. If you live and/or own property in the Loyalsock Watershed, include that in your email. This is YOUR habitat.
Carol Kafer, President
Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association
How to Post Your Comment on the SRBC Website:
1. Start with the SRBC Home Page: http://www.srbc.net/
2. In the Public Participation box on the left of the Home Page Screen, click on Commenting
3. On the Public Participation Center screen Hearings box, click on: Click here to submit comments on pending applications not currently scheduled for action
4. On the Water Resources Overview Portal screen, in the Water Resources Portal Pages box: Scroll down and click on Search for Projects
5. On the Search for Projects screen, in the Project Sponsor box, scroll down and click on Chief Oil and Gas, LLC, then enter the Project Identification Number 2014081; then click on Submit
6. In the Table, click on View
7. On the Project Details screen, scroll down and click on Add a Comment
8. Fill in the Submit Comment form and Submit Comment
Submit your comment by August 17th.