I, for one, plan to do water testing on my own before any drilling starts ... there is a water testing facility right on East River Rd in Norwich ... I'll get the details and post them - how to collect a sample, price (I don't think it's very expensive) etc. This will give you a baseline to compare in case of any future contamination. I wouldn't let the gas concerns do it for you ... they could tell you anything. Then, I plan do do my own testing later if we get a gas well on the property.
We should also think about helping out the county, township, or city by imposing some kind of surcharge or bond issue from the gas companies for expansion of waste-water treatment facilities in our area as the capacity and capability of existing facilities in the area will soon be stressed. It's a win-win - we hedge our capacity to deal with the extra waste-water being generated as drilling expands and the gas company gets an increase in their capacity for safe disposal. I believe the Town of Smyrna proposed such a surcharge and was successful ... I get the feeling that after negotiation with the gas company, they felt they could have asked for more.... can anyone confirm this?