Elaine Jardine
Tioga County Planning Director

[email protected]


56 Main Street
Owego, NY 13827

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TING logoTioga Investigates Natural Gas (TING) was formed to help the County prepare for and assess the potential public impacts and opportunities related to natural gas drilling in Tioga County. Additionally TING wanted to provide planning resources for the municipalities of Tioga County. To accomplish this the TING Steering Committee was formed of a broad spectrum of representatives and steak holders from throughout the County. Please check the "tabs" below for additional information.

The current committee members are:


  • John Schumacher - Town of Owego Board
  • Loretta Sullivan - Tioga County Legislature


  • Darlene Cobler - Tioga County Rural Economic Area Partnership
  • Barb Crannell - Tioga County Council of Governments
  • Ron Dougherty - At-Large
  • Brooke Eiche - Tioga County Environmental Management Council
  • Andrew Fagan - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County
  • Martha Goodsell - Tioga County Farm Bureau
  • Drew Griffin - At-Large
  • Elaine Jardine - Tioga County Economic Develop & Planning
  • Bill Ostrander - Tioga County Geographical Information Systems
  • Wendy Walsh - Tioga County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • George Bowen - Business, Tioga State Bank

There is a community concern that private wells may be affected by the natural gas drilling that will be done in Tioga County. It is strongly recommended for owners of private wells to have their water tested to determine a baseline of element levels in the water. If a baseline is established, then it would be possible to determine if the well has been contaminated after drilling has been done. The elements that the Tioga County Health Department is recommending to test for are as follows:

  • Arsenic
  • Methane
  • Barium
  • Oil and Grease
  • Calcium
  • PH
  • Chloride
  • Sodium
  • Detergents
  • Strontium
  • Hardness (Calcium and Magnesium)
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Iron and Lead
  • Total Suspended Solids
  • Manganese
  • Volatile Organic Compounds


All potable water samples should only be analyzed by a laboratory properly certified by the NYSDOH Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP). Listed are five labs that are within the surrounding area that are equipped to handle these types of water tests.

  • Community Science Institute, Inc
  • Microbac New York
  • Environmental Associates LTD
  • Yaws Environmental Laboratory
  • Benchmark Analytics, Inc.

To have your water tested please contact the lab first for further protocols and procedures that are specific to each lab. This information is being provided to by the TING committee for public awareness.

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