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PennVEST OKs Public Money For Drilling-Affected Water Supplies In Dimock

The PA Infrastructure Investment Authority this week voted to approve an $11.7 million funding package to use public money to replace water supplies for 18 families in Dimock affected by Marcellus Shale Drilling.
            The project was one of 27 drinking water and wastewater projects in 21 counties totaling $174 million funded in this round of approvals.
            The financing package for Dimock would give an $11.5 million grant and a $172,000 loan to Pennsylvania American Water to install 5.4 miles of transmission line and 7 miles of distribution line to provide the option of public water to 18 homes with wells affected by drilling.  The grant is one of the largest ever given by PennVEST for a single project.
           Opponents of the proposed water line are bombarding legislators and members of the Board of PennVEST with emails and petitions asking that funding not be approved.  They also appeared at the meeting.
            Sen. Don White (R-Indiana) made a motion to table the funding package, but it was voted down.
            “Today’s meeting brings us to a total of $3.1 billion that the PENNVEST board has invested in 801 clean water projects in Pennsylvania since I took office,” Gov. Rendell said. “These investments are proof of our collective commitment to improving Pennsylvania’s environment and creating the opportunities for more dynamic economic future for our businesses, workers, and residents. I take great pride in this accomplishment and the resulting long-term benefits of cleaner water that residents, their children and their grandchildren will enjoy.”
            Of the $174 million total, $154 million is for low-interest loans and $20 million is offered as grants.
            The awards range from a $216,609 grant to install rain gardens and construct other facilities to control storm water runoff in a community in Luzerne County, to a $30 million loan that will be used to construct improvements to a wastewater treatment facility in Lycoming County that will reduce nutrient contamination of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.
            A list of projects approved is available online.
                                PennVEST Uses Public Money For Dimock Waterline
                                State OKs $11.6 Million For Water Line In Dimock
                                Agency Votes To Aid Owners Of Contaminated Wells In Dimock
                                Dimock, Gas Driller On CBS News Show
                                Funding For Scranton About $3 Million Less Than Sought


11/15/2010

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