I would like to take this time to respond to the article written in the Aug. 3, 2011, Wetzel Chronicle titled, “Council Plans to Rescind Gas Ban.” Because of word limit, I will submit the second half of my letter to the editor next week.
The business these companies conduct to the local area is all well and good; but there is much more to the issue. We who live on Knob Fork Road in Wetzel County have seen our road torn up from a surfaced roadway to one replaced with lime sludge with little aggregate. This is a waste product of crushing limestone rock into aggregate of different sizes. The dust created with each passing vehicle is a cloud of dust beyond comprehension and one cannot enjoy sitting out on his/her porch.
In contacting the DOH in Moundsville, I was assured that an agreement reached with the drillers responsible for the repairs would tar and chip the surface 150 feet on each side of the homes along the roadway; and the work would be completed by June 30, 2011. To date, nothing has been done, nor have the drillers been required to keep road surface damp to keep down the dust. I am sure if the Governor lived on this roadway, the issued would have been resolved long ago.
One does not need to see, nor hear the drillers, when they are working in the area. Just look at the paper/foam drinking cups and dinner carryout containers thrown out along our country roadways. Also, some drivers of drilling activity vehicles believe they own the roadways and force locals off the pavement or into the ditch.
I am sure most of us have seen the ad on WTRF titled, “Just Beneath the Surface,” stating the drillers use water of 99.9 percent purity to fracture the shale. I did not realize our stream and creek waters were so pure, as this is where they get the water to fracture the shale formation. They also neglect to mention all the toxic and hazardous chemicals added to the water.
David K. Kimble