Tuesday October 10, 2017


Monday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 57; .20” rain







BFB Headlines (Tuesday October 10, 2017) Meeting planned for next week  in Coudersport to provide information about gas well drilling….Police investigating “peeping Tom” drone….No one hurt when police unit collides with passenger car near Emporium…..Tioga County teen cited for acting out in Walmart Parking Lot….Pot plant found growing on Dutch Hill……next on-air report after 12:05pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

 An uptick in shale gas drilling activity in Potter County carries far-reaching implications. To share information and address concerns, the Potter County Natural Gas Resource Center (NGRC) has scheduled a public meeting for 7 pm Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the auditorium of the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport. Featured speaker will be Dan Brockett. As an educator at Penn State University the PSU Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, he is well-versed on the industry and its potential impacts. Brockett will present a summary of economic, environmental, agricultural and social issues in communities where shale gas development is taking place or anticipated. He will follow up on some of the conclusions shared by a Penn State colleague, Jim Ladlee, during a presentation to the NRGC steering committee:

–Roughly 50 percent of Potter County’s 684,000 acres contain shale gas that could be subject to drilling.

–Marcellus Shale production figures suggest it may be “marginal” in Potter County. However, Utica Shale gas appears to be more productive.

–Production of shale gas will likely be a long-term phenomenon, with thousands of wells drilled in the county over a period of decades.

–Greatest environmental vulnerability in the drilling process lies within the first few hundred feet, where the casing passes through groundwater aquifers.

Tuesday’s public meeting will also include updates from Terry Cole, Pennsylvania CareerLink; Charlie Tuttle, Triple Divide Watershed Coalition; Bob Wicker, Potter County Education Council; Glenn Dunn, Potter County Emergency Management Agency; and Jason Childs, Potter County Conservation District and Potter County Water Quality Work Group. Those attending are asked to use the Gunzburger Building’s Water Street entrance.

It’s a sign of the times. Coudersport based state police are looking for the operator of a peeping tom drone. Timothy Dibble of Mills toild authorities a white drone with four propellers and a video camera flew around home on Marsh Creek Road Saturday afternoon and appeared to be looking inside houses….The investigation is continuing and anyone who can shed light on the intrusion is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

A Ridgway woman escaped injury Monday morning when her SUV hydroplaned on the Ridgway St. Marys Road. According to state police, Dianna Brown was going east just after 9:00 am when her Hyundai Elantra slid across the wet road and struck an embankment on the opposite side. Brown was using a eatbelt. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Both Emporium drivers were unhurt when a police car struck a passenger car on Route 120 in Shippen Township Sunday afternoon. Authorities report  23 year old Benjamin Forney, a state trooper was doing stationary radar while parked in a gravel pull off area  and took off  to pursue an alleged violator in front of  a westbound a Ford Explorer driven by Larry Crosby Impact occurred in the westbound lane..Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Crosby’s passengers were listed as Diane Crosby also of Emporium, and David Crosby of St. Marys also escaped injury No charges have been filed yet but police relate the investigation is continuing.

Coudersport based state police are just getting around to releasing details about a minor collision taking place back on September 24 in Allegany Township. Cops provided information that a John Deere Tractor, driven by James Leet hauling a Lockwood harvester on the Peet Brook Road which sideswiped a Nissan Versa driven by Debra Plummer also of Coudersport while going south. Leet later told police he was not aware of the collision as both units continued on their way and no charges will be filed.

DUI charges have been filed against a Belmont, NY driver by state police in Mansfield. Troopers allege when they stopped 55 year old Andrew Kanvik last Wednesday night on Route 6 in Richmond Township for traffic violations, they found he was driving under the influence and was committed to the Tioga County Jail.

A Troy, PA teenager has been arrested for disorderly conduct in connection to an display taking place Saturday afternoon in the Walmart Parking Lot, Mansfield. State police claim the 16 year old boy engaged in ”violent and tumultuous behavior” by starting a fight with two other people.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks are looking for a pot farmer. A marijuana plant was found growing in a wooded area along Dutch Hill Road in Eulalia Township last Tuesday. Anyone who can shed light on the small crop is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.