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SUSQUEHANNA RIVER BASIN COMMISSION
1721 North Front Street • Harrisburg, PA 17102-2391 • www.srbc.net

Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 28, 2012

CONTACT: Susan Obleski
Director of Communications
Office: 717-238-0423, ext. 316
Cell: 717-215-7278
E-mail: sobleski@srbc.net
Twitter: @SRBCnews

37 WATER WITHDRAWALS FOR NATURAL GAS DRILLING AND OTHER USES SUSPENDED TO PROTECT STREAMS

SRBC Encourages the Public to Comment on Proposed Low Flow Protection Policy

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC; www.srbc.net) today announced that 37 separate water withdrawals approved by SRBC are suspended due to localized streamflow levels dropping throughout the Susquehanna basin.  The suspended withdrawals are operated by 22 companies in 7 Pennsylvania and 1 New York counties (full list provided at bottom).

Under SRBC’s passby flow restrictions, when streams drop to predetermined protected low flow levels, operators who are required to meet the agency’s passby requirement must stop taking water.  They cannot resume taking water until streams have recovered above the protected level for at least 48 hours.  Where SRBC has determined that withdrawal quantities are insignificant compared to streamflows, approvals do not contain passby restrictions. 

SRBC and its regulated operators monitor real-time streamflow data generated by stream gages maintained and operated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).  In 2012, SRBC’s passby requirements were initiated as early as February for certain water withdrawals in northern Pennsylvania.

Regulated operators are required to install tamper-proof water meters that automatically record their water withdrawals on a daily basis.  SRBC also monitors the USGS gages daily to determine which ones are below protective thresholds, and SRBC’s field staff conducts frequent unannounced inspections to verify compliance with passby requirements. 

SRBC’s existing passby restrictions are based on a 2003 policy.  For several years, the agency has been working to incorporate scientific advances in ecosystem flow protection that would improve low flow protection standards associated with approved water withdrawals. 

This spring, SRBC released a proposed Low Flow Protection Policy for public review and comment.  SRBC proposes to use the policy and supporting technical guidance when reviewing withdrawal applications to establish limits and conditions on approvals consistent with SRBC’s regulatory standards.  The proposed policy, its associated technical guidance, and options for submitting comments electronically are available on SRBC’s web site at www.srbc.net/pubinfo/businessmeeting.htm.

SRBC is encouraging the public to provide written comment on the proposed Low Flow Protection Policy by the July 16, 2012 deadline. 

FOLLOWING COMPANIES AND THEIR WITHDRAWAL SOURCES SUSPENDED ON
JUNE 28, 2012:

COMPANY & WITHDRAWAL COUNTY STATE
SWEPI LP: Chemung River at Big Flats Chemung NY
Talisman Energy: Chemung River at Chemung Chemung NY
     
Chesapeake Appalachia: Chemung River at Barrett; Sugar Creek; Bradford PA
Healthy Properties: Sugar Creek Bradford PA
Talisman Energy: Fall Brook at Bense; Seeley Creek at Jones; Towanda Creek; Unnamed tributary of North Branch Sugar Creek; Wappasening Creek at Adriance Bradford PA
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company: Towanda Creek Bradford PA
Towanda Country Club Bradford PA
     
Eagle Rock Community Association / Eagle Rock Resort Co. Luzerne PA
     
Clark Trucking, Northeast Division: Muncy Creek Lycoming PA
EXCO Resources: Muncy Creek at McClintock Lycoming PA
Hughesville-Wolf Township Joint Municipal Authority: Wastewater Lycoming PA
PA General Energy Company: Pine Creek at Poust Lycoming PA
XTO Energy: Lick Run; Little Muncy Creek Lycoming PA
     
Ultra Resources: Pine Creek Potter PA
     
Buck Ridge Stone: Salt Lick Creek Susquehanna PA
Carrizo (Marcellus): Unnamed tributary to Middle Branch Wyalusing Creek Susquehanna PA
Southwestern Energy Production Company: Tunkhannock Creek at Lenox Susquehanna PA
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company: Meshoppen Creek; White Creek Susquehanna PA
     
Keystone Clearwater Solutions: Babb Creek Tioga PA
LDG Innovation: Lawrenceville Tioga PA
SWEPI LP: Cowanesque River at Egleston; Cowanesque River at Westfield; Tioga River at Tioga Junction Tioga PA
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company: Unnamed tributary to North Elk Run; Tioga River Tioga PA
Ultra Resources: Cowanesque River Tioga PA
     
Carrizo (Marcellus): Meshoppen Creek Wyoming PA
Geary Enterprises: Buttermilk Creek Wyoming PA
Randy M. Wiernusz: Bowman Creek Wyoming PA
Sugar Hollow Trout Park and Hatchery: hatchery water Wyoming PA

The Harrisburg, PA-based SRBC (www.srbc.net) is the governing agency established under a 100-year compact signed on December 24, 1970 by the federal government and the states of New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland to protect and wisely manage the water resources of the Susquehanna River Basin.  The Susquehanna River starts in Cooperstown, New York, and flows 444 miles to Havre de Grace, Maryland, where the river meets the Chesapeake Bay. 

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