New Eagle council and residents heard plans from officials with an energy company to conduct seismic surveys.
Representatives from EQT Corporation, based in Pittsburgh, attended Tuesday’s council meeting and explained their upcoming plans in the borough.
EQT will be conducting 3D seismic surveys to help determine “the most efficient and environmentally responsible way to develop natural gas reserves using the fewest number of wells.” The testing is used to detect Marcellus shale formations.
According to the representatives, the testing will generate seismic waves by using specialized truck-mounted Vibroseis units (“thumper” vehicles) to send low-force vibrations into the ground. The waves bounce off the underground surfaces and generate images of the underground similar to sonogram pictures.
The information will be used to create maps to determine the best ways to extract the natural gas “quickly with the least impact on the environment, the land, and the people who live and work nearby,” officials said.
Property owners will be contacted by Cougar Land Servicing, subcontracted by EQT, to get permission to perform the testing. Residents maintain the right to refuse the testing on their property, council members said.
The company representatives asked Council for permission to use streets in the borough during the testing period, which will begin in late August or early September and last approximately three weeks.
Council will discuss the matter with solicitor Tim Berggren before making a decision