Falling Springs request prompts questions in Ransom Twp.

First Posted: 3/7/2012

RANSOM TWP – More than 40 Ransom Township residents packed the Board of Supervisors meeting at the Township Building at 2435 Hickory Lane March 5. The main topic of discussion among the supervisors and residents was the possibility of the entrance of natural gas companies into the area.

Supervisor Dennis Macheska read aloud a notice stating that Falling Springs Water Works, Inc. filed an application for approval with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission for surface water withdrawal of up to 800,000 gallons of water per day from the Falling Springs Reservoir for use in the development of natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale Region.

He also summarized correspondence from The Lackawanna County Association of Boroughs requesting the Township join them in passing a resolution asking general assembly for immediate measures on environmental regulations concerning gas drilling.

Pa. State Police Motor Carrier Enforcement Supervisor Rion Stann was in attendance at the request of the supervisors to explain the current rules in existence for heavy trucks traveling local roads. He answered several questions from residents regarding the possible implications of hauling water from Falling Springs, should the application gain approval.

Solicitor Edmund J. Scacchitti, Esq. reminded residents several times during the meeting that there is not much information to go on at this point in time and nothing is happening yet. “What I don’t want to do is create a hysteria in the township about what’s going to go on up there,” he said.

For the full story, see the March 14 edition of The Abington Journal.

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