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Some Woodlands residents get settlement. Water woes continue.

July 11, 2018 News Extra

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Janet McIntyre fills bags of water to mix for Norma Kudamik food at her home in the woodlands on Friday October 2, 2015.(Justin Guido photo)

CONNOQUENESSING TWP — While eight property owners in the low-income, rural Woodlands neighborhood shared a $158,875 settlement from Rex Energy, dozens more continue to buy water without the help of settlement funds.

Rex Energy in April settled with the eight property owners who sued after losing their water supply eight years ago when several wells were fracked nearby,

In a statement, a Rex Energy spokesperson said “While we cannot comment on the settlement, Rex Energy continues to deny any wrongdoing related to this matter.”

The Woodlands residents who were not included in the lawsuit wonder why they were left out.

One of those residents is Sheri Makepeace, who lives on Blue Jay Lane with her three young children.

She said someone stopped at her home a few years ago to ask if she wanted to participate in a group lawsuit.

She agreed and signed a document, then never heard anything else from the individual.

Since her well gave out more than eight years ago, Makepeace buys water from the Oneida Valley Volunteer Fire Department for $200 per month. She also buys jugs of water and bottled water for cooking and drinking.

She is also incredulous that neither the township nor the county offered the Woodlands any funds from the significant shale gas impact fee funds they received from the state.

Read more about Makepeace and other residents stories in the Butler Eagle.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.