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Law Changes Could Be 'Seismic' in Peters Township

'Thumper trucks' are an alternative to explosive charges for charting Marcellus Shale rock formations.

"Thumper trucks" (Patch file photo).
"Thumper trucks" (Patch file photo).
The Peters Township Council is looking into changes to local laws regarding seismic testing, and according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report, council members are expected to approve those changes at their Oct. 14 meeting.


Township officials would require companies to use the Vibroseis method to chart rock formations, such as the Marcellus Shale, in the ground, the newspaper reports.

The Vibroseis method—see video here—employs heavy vehicles known as "thumper trucks" that pound the earth. That seismic testing is an alternative to gather data rather than explosive charges.

Companies will still be allowed to use charges, though, if company officials can adequately explain their necessity. Read the full report here.

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