Protect Our Water Don't DRILL Where We Drink!

Next CPAR meeting: TBA
Ambridge Water Authority announced at their August meeting that they have begun the Source Water Protection Plan process!
  THANK YOU for your response

CPAR Citizens to Protect the Ambridge Reservoir  (subcommittee) > formed in early 2012          

Matzie introduces bills to increase protections for infrastructure, homeowners
H.B.696 would prohibit the drilling of unconventional gas wells within 4,000 feet of any existing dam or reservoir, such as the Ambridge Reservoir. Additionally, the bill would prohibit the drilling of unconventional gas wells within 2,000 horizontal-feet of any existing water well, surface water intake or water supply extraction point used by a water purveyor without the written consent of the water purveyor. As a result of a study on the structural integrity of Texas’ Joe Pool Dam, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined that the 20-year-old standard of a 3,000-foot exclusion zone surrounding the dam isn't sufficient and should be increased to 4,000 feet to ensure the safety of the dam, the lake, and the health and safety of local residents.

H.B.695, would require insurers to cover both naturally occurring earthquakes and those caused by human activity, including methods used to find natural gas deposits. "Several structures in my district were damaged last year by seismic testing, and homeowners were initially informed that their claims would not be covered despite having earthquake riders as part of their homeowners’ insurance," Matzie said

"The safety of our water and our infrastructure is of the utmost importance. I am grateful for the expert analysis of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as it will help us ensure that the proper protections are in place so no unintended harm comes to our citizens or our communities," Matzie said. "If longer setbacks are good enough for Texas, they should be good enough for Pennsylvania."

Working to protect the Ambridge Reservoir from unconventional gas drilling. 

ater is essential to life. Its Ongoing viability depends on our acting responsibly
Discover what we need to do, and why, to ensure that your community will long have access to this vital resource.                              
    • This aquifer is located in a rural, pastoral setting in the Townships west of the Ohio River, known as the Service Creek Watershed and Ambridge Reservoir.  
    • Water from this spring-fed watershed (Service Creek water shed) supplies drinking water for over 30,000 customers.   
    • This is the only source of water for all customers of the Ambridge Water Authority as well as the Edgeworth Water Authority.
    Municipalities whose drinking water is supplied by Ambridge  & Edgeworth Water Authorities include:  
    Ambridge, Bell Acres, Economy, Baden, Edgeworth, Leet, Leetsdale

    Shale Gas  Leases in the Service Creek Watershed

    Article 1 Section 27 PA Constitution

    Citizens have "a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment.  
    Harrisburg - Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) has issued the following statement regarding the Flatirons Development, LLC decision concerning Brandon-Day well. 
                                          Flatirons Development, LLC, has agreed to discontinue Marcellus drilling operations of the 
            Brandon-Day well which is located upstream of the Brockway Borough Municipal Authority Rattlesnake Reservoir. 
                  The existing bore hole will be abandoned, sealed and reclaimed to eliminate the possibility of watershed contamination.
    “This recent decision by Flatirons Development to stop plans for drilling at the Brandon-Day well is a goodand responsible decision for our community."   
    The Ambridge Reservoir Deserves the same protection as the Rattlesnake Reservoir!  
    more information: PA RURAL WATER Association
    Monitor Drilling permits in and around Service Creek Watershed
                                                                                                                                                                              supporting legislation to protect drinking water
                                                                           Ambridge Reservoir from the air

    Water Authorities supplied by the Ambridge Reservoir 

    AMBRIDGE WATER AUTHORITY                                                                                                                                     Edgeworth Water Authority                                                                 

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    600 Eleventh St.                                                                                                                                                              Sewickley PA 15143                                                    

    Ambridge, Pa  15003                                                                                                                                                       412-741-5100 Office                                                                     

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    Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm                                                                                                                           Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm   

    The Board of Directors meet: 
    third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm,                                                                                                           The regular meetings of the Edgeworth Municipal Authority are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 

    Council Chambers at the Ambridge Boro Building                                                                                                                 Edgeworth Borough Council Chambers, 301 Beaver Road, Edgeworth.