Pa. counties back drilling, drinking water study

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two counties in northeastern Pennsylvania are backing a plan to seek $250,000 of state funding to examine drinking water quality in private wells and the possible effects of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.

County commissioners in Bradford and Lycoming Counties say they will write a letter of support for a $250,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. There’s been a recent boom in gas drilling in both counties.

Officials say Guthrie Health, Geisinger Health System and Susquehanna Health are applying for the funding to conduct the study, which they would do in collaboration with the United States Geological Survey.

Curtis L. Schreffler of the USGS says his group would provide technical leadership for the study and also contribute an additional $100,000.

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