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The West Virginia Host Farms Program
A Partnership Program Linking
WV Landowners with the Environmental Community
Who Study the Impact of Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Drilling
The West Virginia Host Farms Program is a volunteer-based initiative. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for the environmental community to study the impact of Marcellus shale natural gas drilling in the state. This includes an invitation to academic researchers, journalists, environmental scientists, public policy and environmental law professionals, public health advocates, and other advocacy groups concerned about drilling impacts.
West Virginia landowners living on or near drilled properties and/or compressor stations opt to participate in the program by becoming volunteer “host farms” for researchers and journalists. Through a managed database of participant landowners throughout the state, the WV Host Farms Program serves as a point of contact between those in the environmental community seeking suitable locations for study of Marcellus in WV, and those who are landowners able to provide them.
We are a grass roots effort of concerned landowners in WV who are willing to provide access to our private properties on or near drill sites. This enables environmental researchers, journalists, environmental advocacy groups, and others to come to WV to observe and study the effects that Marcellus drilling and fracking has on the environment, water quality, public health, and safety in our rural WV communities. Those interested in visiting a WV Host Farm will be able to access the private properties of our many volunteers who live right at "ground zero," of the Marcellus shale drilling activity in West Virginia.
We do not charge a fee for this access. We are all volunteers who opt to participate as "host farms" in order to increase public awareness as well as research opportunities. We volunteer because we are committed to providing unfettered access to the environmental research community, so that they can more easily evaluate the impacts of shale gas drilling and fracking.
Click here to see some of the comments from our
volunteers who participate as host farms . Their
statements reflect why this initiative is so important to us.....
Please consider making a small donation to the program to help with our efforts. Even a small donation of $5 or $10 will help toward our expenses such as the costs of postage for our mailings, or toward mileage expenses when one of our volunteers spends the day escorting visiting researchers, journalists, and others around to see drill sites, compressor stations, or to interview an impacted landowner. The small grants and individual donations we receive from concerned citizens help us greatly in moving the program forward.
Your financial support of the work we are doing is greatly appreciated!
Donations may be mailed to:
WV Host Farms Program
P.O. Box 214
West Union, WV 26456
Or your donation can be made through PayPal by clicking on the button below. Thank you for helping to support our grass roots effort to promote environmental research of drilling and fracking impacts!
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North central region of WV is just now starting to see an increase in intensity of Marcellus drilling activity. Heavily drilled areas in Washington County, PA, Bradford County, PA, Green and Fayette Counties in PA, and in Wetzel County, WV Marcellus drilling has been ongoing for more than 6-8 years. Already there are reports of well water contamination, human health issues, and livestock illness and death coming out of these heavily fracked areas in PA and the northern WV panhandle.
WV Host Farms Program can offer access to sites prior to the start of drilling so that researchers can get those necessary baseline tests of water quality and health assessments before the fracking starts in our areas. We welcome the environmental community of researchers and journalists, and others who study the impacts of shale gas drilling, to come to WV and access our private properties on or near proposed drill sites to obtain their pre-drilling data.