It wasn’t but a few months ago that residents of Crescent and Moon townships were discussing where Marcellus Shale drilling would take place if drilling were to take place in the area.
Now, it appears this may happen sooner than the residents expected. Residents in Crescent and Moon received letters from the Cresswell Heights Joint Authority notifying them that Marcellus Shale drilling might soon be taking place on the grounds of the closed Phillips Power Plant. The letter was mailed to the authority’s 15,000 customers in Crescent, South Heights, Hopewell, and Moon Township.
“It’s preliminary, but we have received notification that the property owner would like to drill,” says Authority Manager, Dan Losco. The owners have expressed interest in drilling at the site.
The letter was sent to advise owners that under the current law, the Cresswell Heights Joint Authority has no authority to prevent the drilling from happening. Duquesne Light owns the power plant in conjunction with another Pennsylvania resident. Duquesne Light was questioned regarding the letter and could not be reached for comment.
The community has some concerns regarding the possible effect on the water wells the authority owns close to the power plant. If contaminated, it could affect approximately 15,000 customers. While no direct evidence supports water contamination and drilling are associated, many believe it could have an effect.