A lot of attention currently being given to the development of natural gas resources in Western Pennsylvania,
In part of South Hampton Township in Southern Bedford County, the issue is currently hitting close to home.
The company in charge the exploratory drilling work for a natural gas project already has its equipment out in some farm fields preparing for seismic testing. All of this work concerns plenty of people who live in the area.
The issue came to a head earlier this month when the Columbia Gas went to federal court to confirm its right to act on a long standing lease. The company wants to do extensive seismic testing that includes drilling and blasting to find out what land is suitable for part of its Artemas Gas Storage field project. Now that the gas company is moving ahead with its land testing work, the concern of people who live in the area is growing. One of their biggest worries is what will happen to to their springs or well water supplies when the natural gas project moves ahead.
The battle over natural gas drilling is far from over according to some of the people who live along Ragged Mountain Road. They say the possible environmental damage and increased noise and truck traffic are just a couple of their on-going concerns.