"Fish Commission To Lease Waterways for Gas Drilling"

"The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission said it plans to lease portions of its 43,000 acres of waterways for natural gas exploration to generate money to rebuild more than a dozen dams that are in danger of collapse.

Donegal Lake, a popular trout-fishing area in Donegal Township, will be the first commission property in Southwestern Pennsylvania to be drilled for Marcellus shale natural gas, according to commission spokesman Eric Levis.

The commission estimates it will need $78 million to repair the 16 dams, which are classified as high risk because they cannot hold 50 percent of the maximum precipitation that a region could receive."

Richard Gazarik reports for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review July 10, 2011.

SEE ALSO:

"Fracking Water Test Leaves Salty Aftertaste" (Harrisburg Patriot-News)

"Drilling Into New York’s Fracking Report" (Green/NY Times)

"Ohio to Get $1M for Taking Frack Water" (Wheeling Intelligencer)

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 07/11/2011