Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Binghamton, Waverly, Corning NY: Water at Risk

These NY Cities, Towns, and Villages may already be suffering water contamination issues due to hydrofracking in PA, despite the present NY moratorium:

Binghamton, Endicott, Johnson City, Vestal, Apalachin, 
Owego, Waverly, Elmira, Horseheads, Corning,
and all points in between with ground water 

which is influenced by the Susquehanna or Tioga Rivers
Total effected population: ~160,000 NYers.
What are we going to do about this?

Raw Data from PA DEP(*1)
Interpreted and derived data by BH and is DRAFT and SUBJECT TO REVISION.

City Number of unconventional wells upstream horizontal % horiz PA drainage area upstream Total upstream area Well/PA sq. mi well/total upstream area
Binghamton 98 86 87.8 278 sq mi. 3,893 sq. mi.(source 1)

2283 sq. mi (USGS)
0.35 0.025

Corning 344 314 91.3 702 chemung at Corning 5563 (source 1)

Tioga River at Lindley
771 mi2
0.49 0.62

*1 Data from PA DEP, distributed by Any errors or omissions are either in the source data, or as interpreted by me. Don't blame Fractracker, which only supplied the dataset.

*2 Worst case for NY in terms of total number of wells seems to be Corning. We are still analyzing these data. Careful interpretation is needed.

Map composited by BH:

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