WPX blocked from removing water buffalo

A water tanker truck was denied access to the Hadlick property in Franklin Twp., Friday, while anti-gas activists protested WPX Energy’s planned removal of a temporary water system at the residence. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

A water tanker truck was denied access to the Hadlick property in Franklin Twp., Friday, while anti-gas activists protested WPX Energy’s planned removal of a temporary water system at the residence. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

BY STACI WILSON

WPX Energy planned to remove a temporary water supply hooked up to a Franklin Forks home Friday morning but was denied access to the equipment from the homeowner.

WPX spokesperson Susan Oliver said the company was following through with a plan for removing the temporary water tank from the Hadlick residence.
After a 16-month investigation, DEP found earlier this year that natural gas drilling was not responsible for the contaminated water in the community located about five miles north of Montrose.

The Tulsa, Okla. company decided the Hadlick’s and the other two families experiencing issues needed a permanent solution to the water problems instead of the temporary system put in place by the gas driller, Oliver said.

The company began supplying water to three residents in March 2012, those deliveries were halted in the months following the DEP investigation.

Franklin Twp. resident Kelly Harding (center) and anti-gas activist Vera Scroggins engaged in a heated exchange near the Hadlick property in Franklin Forks where WPX planned to remove a water buffalo on Friday.

Franklin Twp. resident Kelly Harding (center) and anti-gas activist Vera Scroggins engaged in a heated exchange near the Hadlick property in Franklin Forks where WPX planned to remove a water buffalo on Friday. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

Oliver said she contacted the three families with water problems – two of them in person, and one through the family’s attorney – on August 1 and offered to help the residents bring their water wells back online.

“The families decided they didn’t want to hook up their wells and would acquire their own water supplies,” Oliver said. “It’s taken us 90 days to get to today.”

According to Oliver, WPX planned to haul the remaining water in the tank from the site, remove the existing equipment, wait for the Hadlick’s contractor to install the new equipment and then fill the new tank with clean, potable water.

She said that according to Hadlick’s attorney, WPX would be allowed to go on site at 10 a.m.

But the hour came and went, as about 12 anti-gas activists held signs and prohibited Oliver and WPX’s Scott Miller from coming onto the Hadlick property.

Anti-gas activist Vera Scroggins said, “No trespassing here. Industry is not allowed here.”

In addition to the protestors, about one dozen Franklin Twp. residents were at the scene.

Oliver pointed out that many of the protestors were not from the local community.

Environmental organizer Isaac Silberman-Gorn, of Citizen Action of New York helped to organize the demonstration.

“We’re here to support the families whose water has been contaminated,” he said. “You have here in Pennsylvania, a regulatory agency that’s asleep at the wheel.”

Silberman-Gorn added, “(DEP) says natural gas drilling did not contaminate the water but they won’t tell us what did.”

She said the Franklin Twp. supervisors had been kept up-to-date on the situation by WPX.

“There have been 80 tests to determine the water quality in Franklin Forks and 55 tests on the well casings in the two closest wells,” Oliver said. The closest well is over 4,000-feet away, and the next closest is 7,000 from the three homes situated along Rt. 29.

Franklin Twp. resident Kelly Harding said she grew up in the community.

“Many of us have lived here all of our lives,” Harding said. “We know there’s methane in the water. I feel for the families who have bad water.”
Homeowner Tammy Hadlick said the system WPX plans to take away that holds over 1,000 gallons of water would be exchanged with a 325-gallon tank the family received as a donation from a Dimock resident.

She said that the family of about seven that resides at the home uses about 250 gallons of water each day. “What big deal is it to leave the buffalo there?” Hadlick asked.

Hadlick remained inside her home while the situation along the roadside became heated at times.

As tempers appear to flare during one exchange between a representative from the industry-funded Energy in Depth and anti-gas activist Bill Huston, of New York, Scroggins said, “Don’t say anything more to these people. They’re pro-gassers; they’re uninformed.”

Franklin Forks resident Jim Schreck said he came to the home because he knew the demonstration was taking place. He said he’s read federal and state government research that says hydraulic fracturing does not cause contamination.

“I wanted them to give me information and present facts so I could make a calm decision,” Schreck said. “I’m a little disappointed about the lack of information.”

  • FrackDaddy

    Staci, Nice work. It is nice to see both sides of the story.

  • Scott Patrick

    It’s too bad that a group of brainless unemployed leeches actually got out of their flea-infested hovels before the crack of noon and migrated down to Pennsylvania to interfere with a legitimate and lawful process. It’s just as bad that the residents of the house in question are trying to get one over on the gas industry. Anyone who grew up in that part of the county (as I did) knows that methane is naturally occurring in the water in Franklin Township – one only needs to look at the original farm well at Salt Springs.

  • FrackDaddy

    Here is the injunction filed by WPX, with documents that say they were authorized to remove the equipment.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/182054440/WPX-motion-to-remove-equip-Franklin-Forks-w-exhibits

  • http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/ William Huston

    Sorry Staci. The framing here is biased, to be factually incorrect. The people you called “Protesters” were PROTECTORS. We were not protesting anything. We were there to PROTECT the Hadlick’s water supply.

    In fact, the Kelly Harding, Jim Schreck, Dale Webster and other pro-gas leased local landowners there, members of the industry-backed astroturf group “Franklin Citizens for Truth”, THEY WERE the Protesters. They were protesting our protective activities.

    Here is the history and the actual facts of occurred that day:
    http://tinyurl.com/FranklinForksWPXTimeline
    http://tinyurl.com/FrackingTheForksVideoPlaylist

    There will be more videos being added over the next 48 hours.

  • http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/ William Huston

    A lawyer hired by plaintiffs cannot negotiate in good faith with the gas industry to allow trespass to demolish permanent fixtures with no court order or proof the tanks were WPX property or even temporary. Removal of this equipment is against the interests of and/or knowledge of his clients. The attorney in question has been dismissed and the Hadlick’s attempting to find new counsel. GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT, “FrackDaddy a/k/a VICTOR FURMAN”. CEASE AND DESIST SPREADING FALSE INFORMATION WITH INTENT TO HARM. THIS IS A CRIME IN NY AND PA.

  • FrackDaddy

    Bill I am not Vic, I am John Doe according to your Blog. Why would that be your response instead of just answering a few questions? Please tell us if the lawyer the PLANTIFF HIRED can not negotiate in good faith, Why was hired? Just goes to show how you try to shut up any one who provides the facts…..

  • http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/ William Huston

    You hire a painter to paint your garage gray.
    He paints it purple and tries to sell it on Craig’s list.
    That’s not what you wanted, so you FIRE the painter who disobeyed the contract.

    Same thing happened here. The lawyer SCREWED his own clients and has been FIRED.

  • Erok

    Bill, do you have a job?

  • http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/ William Huston

    Yes. Do you have a real name?

  • Erok

    Yes, but the CIA, NSA, FBI, and my handlers at WPX have instructed me to remain anonymous lest they stop paying me to post.

  • FrackDaddy

    What is that job bill?

  • Erok

    Oh, and the JCLNY hasn’t sent me a check in over 2 weeks so I’m tempted to reveal my ZIP code.

  • FrackDaddy

    Very nice Bill, So let me ask this? Your car wont go through the snow, Your neighbor lets you borrow a truck for the winter, Does your neighbor need a court order to get his truck back from you? And if you look at the documents included in the court injunction(I have given you the link many times) it clearly states that said lawyer changed the time of the removal on Tammys request. The FACTS and documents are not on your side. Still waiting to be served with those legal papers….

  • FrackDaddy

    Bill, Do you even believe the things you write? Maybe you had one to many sugar cubes in the 60′s. Why were “The Protectors” Standing by the road with renewable energy signs, and ban fracking signs, Only after it was pointed out did someone make a sign regarding the issue at hand (which you took advantage of that photo op). And here are the actual facts from that day (my info is sworn affidavits, and video from the scene) Bill seems to think if he posts it on his Blog it is true, But all but 44 (his Followers) can see right past it.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/182054440/WPX-motion-to-remove-equip-Franklin-Forks-w-exhibits

    http://energyindepth.org/marcellus/new-york-anti-shale-activists-try-to-intimidate-residents-of-franklin-forks/
    Please watch the Video’s and decide for yourself. Bill is the one in the Blue ball cap.

  • http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/ William Huston

    I don’t know why people brought signs, but it’s irrelevant. Whether people had signs or not does not make someone a protestor. The REASON why we were all gathered there was for PROTECTION, which we did. We prevented WPX from removing the tanks.

  • FrackDaddy

    Nice try but it don’t fly! There is video of “The protector” standing by the road waving there signs calling the locals names your self included(name calling only). And what you did was Cost Mrs hadlick and extra $2000 as documented in the injunction, Which comes to a question you refuse to answer, Will “The protectors” be paying that expense you caused Mrs Hadlick to incur? What about the extra legal bills she will have? Are you going to pay for those or cast them aside like you did The Saunters?

  • http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/ William Huston

    You claim you are not Vic Furman, but you spell “their” just like he does. Hmm. Are you saying I was carrying a sign? Sorry, you are mistaken. I brought a camera, not a sign. I don’t know why people brought signs. I and others came to PROTECT THE HADLICK’S WATER TANKS from being removed.

    Why did WPX spend $2000 to retrieve a $650 tank? Answer that Anonymous Frack Shill.

  • choosernotbegger

    Bill, You state the Hadlick’s lawyer is no longer representing them.
    My understanding to the contrary is that he continues to represent them
    regarding this issue as well as the other 2 families. Although, if I
    were their lawyer and was hung out to dry as in this case, I too would
    cease counsel. Some more information obtained after your “non-protest”
    The Hadlick’s were offered to purchase the entire water system from WPX for less than the their donated 300 gallon tank. Why would they refuse such a great deal? Are they not really concerned about getting their children to school clean enough to accept this offer?

  • FrackDaddy

    Bill, Learn to read. I very clearly said Name calling only, cause I know you like to find one small irrelevant detail and exploit it. As for your question I will go back to telling you to read as I have answered this question for you before, But I will again. Yes the Tank may only be $650, But how does the water get from the tank to the house? A Pump (at least one)What does the water travel through to from the house to the tank? Piping. How do you know how much water is left or how much you used? Gagues and regulators I can go on for hours. Just another example of you trying to use half truths to fit your agenda! And why have you refused to answer my question for the forth time, When I am answering your same questions multiple times. Also you THREATEN me with law suits for defamation and call me names and insult Vic Furmans Character unprovoked. I hope he sues you for defamation. Maybe you and Gov. Andy can have the same court date. Why should they give a water system to Mrs Hadlick if they had nothing to do with her water problems? And don’t say they are responsible, because is a documented FACT that the PA DEC said Gas Drilling did not effect her water! So who will be paying for the $2000 and extra legal expenses? And so you are aware it is almost comical to see a man as old as your self calling names and threatening bogus law suits. And you wonder why people post with screen names, cause you and your crew of Domestic terrorist make threats when someone does not agree with your twisted view.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/182054440/WPX-motion-to-remove-equip-Franklin-Forks-w-exhibits

  • FrackDaddy

    It reminds me of another man who was overcome with anger when he was told his water is…… Fine.

    That’s a great point! Lets see what Bill has to say? I bet it will be crazy and of topic and probably include a lie and maybe an insult.

  • http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/ William Huston

    You completely avoided my question. OK, let’s say the equipment is $2,000. It isn’t. Because it’s only estimated to be $2,000 including cost of construction of the shed. But let’s use $2,000. WHY WOULD WPX spend $2000 to retrieve $2000 worth of equipment?

    It doesn’t make any sense, unless your BRAIN HAS BEEN GASSED or you are CORRUPTED BY MONEY or you are a PAID SHALE SHILL.

  • http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/ William Huston

    PS: I have not threatened anyone. Look up the word:

    “statement of an intention to inflict pain, injury, damage, or other hostile action”

    YOU are telling lies about me, and since you are a PAID SHALE SHILL, this makes the activity CRIMINAL. I am only informing you of MY RIGHTS to pursue legal remedy for your abusive, untrue, and harassing statements you have made about me and others with intent to intimidate, coerce, and defame. Have a nice day.

  • FrackDaddy

    Well threatening to sue me I would consider a hostile action. And I stand behind everything I posted you are a Liar and use half truths and twisted facts to promote your agenda. I noticed again you refrained from answering any questions just more insults and accusations. And for the forth time CALL YOU LAWYER, CALL THE COPS YOU CAN EVEN CALL OBOMA I DONT CARE AND HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG! Why are you so afraid of my questions?

  • FrackDaddy

    Bill, You poor simple man. The answer is because it belongs to them not Tammy Hadlick that is the bottom line. And if I was WPX after they were gracious enough to let her use the equipment for FREE, She turned around and said they polluted there well (which is un true). You want to talk defamation, How about what your group and these people did to WPX? If I was them I would spend $10,000 to get it back! And again with the insults….. I am not paid in anyway by the NG industry just a LOCAL person sick of the lies and BS you promote in our town. Why did you avoid the questions again?

  • Vera Scroggins

    levels of methane can be naturally present in some water wells and areas of our county, but super high levels that can be explosive, above 28 mg/L , are not natural and that is why DEP requests that methane-vent stacks be installed in dozens of homes in our county and through out Pa.. You can call DEP and talk to an inspector or call a hydro-geologist about our area to learn what is natural and what is unnatural. DEP still has a ban that prohibits drilling in 9 sq. miles which is on CAbot and Cabot cannot drill in those 9 sq. miles in Dimock, Pa. for almost 3 years, because of the increasing methane and high levels of other contaminants. Why would DEP do that, if it’s just a “natural condition”? The water is contaminaged in FRanklin Forks for those families and DEP said their water is unsafe and has not determined that it’s safe. Ask for the documents that show this from the owners or any of us who are helping the landowners there. I’ve sent copies of documents this past week to one of the local landowners who open to learning more despite his support of the gas industry. We were there to help our fellow citizens in need. Bring bottled water to these families and leave it near their mailboxes. Thanks…..

  • FrackDaddy

    Vera, My family was forced by the DEP to add a vented cap to our well when it was drilled in 1983. Did they do that in New Jersey where you grew up? Yes if your well is not vented methane will build up, Just like you open a window or turn on a fan when you burn something in the oven. It is not rocket science that if a gas has no way to escape it will build up. And no one is disputing the fact they have water trouble. The issue is, it was found that “it shows no indication” that WPX is responsible. See attachment! So why should it be their responsibility to give them a FREE water system? No one from your side will answer this question.Why? Also included in attached document is the $2000 bill that Mrs Hadlick will be responsible for, Who will pay that Mrs. Hadlick? Who will pay the extra legal costs? I am eager to hear your response.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/182054440/WPX-motion-to-remove-equip-Franklin-Forks-w-exhibits

  • Vera Scroggins

    does your family still have a vent cap on well and are they in our county? this is something new in our county and show us any vents on wells before gas drilling; New Jersey, where I grew up had municipal water , no private water wells that I know of. The courts will decide who pays legal costs and who is responsible for the water equipment. DEP found the water in these wells contaminated with super high methane and high metals above the allowable limits. Something needs to be done. If you have water that is similar, let us know and see your water tests. We have other areas in Lenox, Pa. which DEP is faulting gas drilling for the water contamination there and folks there are still getting water delivered by the gas company for a couple of years. Even the former superintendent of schools of Mt. View Schools, is in this Lenox group and getting delivered water since gas drilling and he does not dispute it’s gas drilling that did it. You can call him up and ask him about it. And I speak to farmers who tell me their water went bad after nearby gas drilling but they are afraid to let it be known and dealing with it on their own, buying bottled water and taking quick showers.

  • FrackDaddy

    Yes, The same cap from 1983. It is not something new, Just most vents installed before Gas Drilling were Vented caps or some places you will see what looks like a water spigot with no knob sticking out of the ground, that is also a vent. There is one on the Family Farm where my moms father grew up (my mother is retired to give you a time line). My water is fine with a producing well aprx 1300 feet away. I am not disputing the fact that there is a water issue in FF, But I am concerned that the report says WPX was not the issue, But you feel it is there responsibility to clean it up. Why? Do you have a link to a report from lenox? Are there Pre tests from FF and LX? I would just like some TRUE FACTS on the issue. Not be called names and threatened with a lawsuit like Bill did.