The increase in shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania has resulted in thousands of landowners receiving pre-drilling testing of their drinking water. Landowners often have difficulty understanding test reports resulting in low awareness of pre-existing problems. Extension and several partners developed a program to improve understanding of pre-drilling water tests. Educational workshops with various companion publications and websites were used by 79% of participants, and follow-up evaluations found that nearly all were able to understand their test reports and that 80% had taken actions on their water supplies. The program represents an emerging educational opportunity for Extension in shale gas drilling regions.
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Swistock, B., & Clark, J. (2015). Pre-Gas Drilling Drinking Water Testing—An Educational Opportunity for Extension. The Journal of Extension, 53(1), Article 22. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol53/iss1/22