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  1. I missed the May 5, 2010 meeting in Harrisonburg on Marcellus Shale gas drilling. I found that this video produced by The Downstream Project with its full coverage provided an excellent overview of the critical issues of concern to us living in the area .

    As a result of seeing the video I noted the presentation on West Virginia’s gas drilling situation by Ray Renaud. With presenters’ information provided in the video I managed to contact Ray and organize a tour of Wetzel County, WV on July 2, 2010. I was able to see the area being hydrofracked and observe the natural gas well drilling impacts on roads with their heavy trucks and drill rig support vehicles.

    To actually see the ‘industrial development sites’ in the forested mountains with the pollution to streams and the mountain top clearing for the drill rigs to do hydrofracking was a shock. Tops of mountains were leveled for large water storage reservoirs to be used for the drilling process. Other large mountain top areas were cleared for compressor stations and streams were emptied of all water flow for the drilling process. No state regulations on “minimum-in-stream” flow in the streams (if WV has regulations) were followed and thus the ecology of stream life was destroyed.

    Thanks for making this documentary of the meeting available to the public. It is one step in alerting us all to potential environmental impacts in the Shenandoah Valley of unregulated gas well drilling.

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