What can be done to address health concerns? What have others done?

Local Officials and Community Leaders

Water Quality

Given that many of the potential contaminants associated with shale development, such as methane, are naturally occurring, it can be difficult to substantiate the source of any groundwater contamination. It is therefore important to establish a baseline for water quality prior to development and create an ongoing water monitoring program. Community members could have a role in assisting with water monitoring efforts. For examples of community involvement in water monitoring, see Box 4. Case Study from the Mining Industry:  Good Neighbor Agreement and the report from the International Council on Mining and Metals, Water Management in Mining.”