The Susquehanna River Basin Commission has put a temporary hold on stream water withdrawals at 36 sites in the Susquehanna River Basin. Many of the sites affected service natural gas operations in the Marcellus Shale including those that withdraw from Meshoppen, Tunkhannock, Bowman, Buttermilk and White creeks.
Stream water users are required by the SRBC to stop withdrawing water when a real-time monitoring system indicates that stream flows have dropped below a protected level. The monitoring system, which uses gauges placed throughout the basin to notify the SRBC when streams are about to drop to critically low levels, is designed to protect aquatic life and downstream users. The restrictions are lifted only when the monitoring system indicates that the streams have remained above protected levels for at least 48 hours.
The restriction, which affects several local drilling sites and the natural gas drilling companies that service them, has gas drillers hoping for rain to increase the stream flow above the protected levels.
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