2015-06-27 / Front Page

Donates to water monitors

Shale gas company gives $25,000

A shale gas drilling company that has ambitious plans for several areas of Potter County has agreed to donate $25,000 to the Potter County Conservation District.

JKLM Energy LLC is designating the donation to support PCCD’s plans to acquire remote monitoring equipment that will be placed on waterways. The units will create a baseline of water conditions and measure any fluctuations, while sounding an early alarm in the event of an incident that could compromise water quality.

JKLM legal representative Jessica Songster told PCCD directors the company seeks to support worthy community causes and is dedicated to environmental stewardship as its gas production plans move forward.

Earlier this year, Cole Memorial Hospital worked out a deal with JKLM to lease substantial acreage off Rt. 6 east of Coudersport for shale-gas drilling. It’s in the vicinity of the former Leete farm, which was acquired by the hospital several years ago, east of North Hollow Road. If any wells are drilled, Cole would collect royalties on gas that’s produced.

JKLM is reportedly targeting several other sites in Potter County for shale gas wells. The company is controlled by Terry Pegula, whose name is familiar to many as owner of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. In other business, PCCD directors:

• received correspondence from Cameron County Conservation District Manager Jan Hampton asking if they would be interested in competing against Cameron County in the annual Envirothon. In recent years, Cameron County’s team has competed in McKean County in its event.

• announced that District Manager Chris Mitterer will attend the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Conservation District/Conservation Commission July 8-9 in Monroeville. • named Stan Hess an associate director. Hess retired last year after serving 36 years as a conservation educator and forester for the Susquehannock State Forest District.

• authorized ACT Technician Rob Thompson to attend the North American Manure Expo, scheduled for July 14-15 in Chambersburg.

• announced a $71,500 Pennsylvania Greenways payment from the Department of Environmental Protection has been delayed.

• agreed to award two $200 scholarships to the 2015 Potter County Conservation School, sponsored by the Black Forest Conservation Assn.

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