Township looks into selling water to drillers

As many municipalities within the county are profiting from the Marcellus Shale drilling, the Ridgway Township Municipal Authority voted Thursday in favor of initiating possible negotiations with the Borough of Ridgway concerning the potential delivery of bulk water sales at various locations throughout the township.Authority members plan to meet with Ridgway Borough officials in the near future to discuss the matter.Works superintendent Carl Gosnell noted that the township is not equipped to supply the drilling operators."The biggest issue is we don't have the capacity to supply what they require on a daily basis and we don't own the water," Gosnell said. "Our pumps are designed to fill tanks slowly for residential and some commercial customers; adding an additional 250 to 500 million gallons a day is not feasible in some areas because we have pumps that pump 300 gallons per minute and we have pumps that pump 60 gallons a minute. The demand has to be looked at first and not to mention our permits with DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] to allow so much with the Ridgway Borough."Pick up a copy of the Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.Next meetingRidgway Township Municipal AuthorityThursday, Oct. 67 p.m.Municipal Office