Terry L. “Crow” Greenwood, a Washington County man who made headlines in 2008 after the Department of Environmental Protection forced Dominion Energy to supply his family with drinking water after Marcellus Shale drilling activities near his Daisytown farm polluted his water well supply, died Sunday after a three-month battle with cancerous brain tumors.
He was 66.
Born in McKeesport on October 26, 1947, he was the son of the late Harold and Eleanor (Kles) Greenwood.
“Crow” was a retired truck driver from Supervalu in Belle Vernon and also enjoyed farming. He was a member of the Harry Enstrom Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America and the St. Dominic’s Social Club in Donora. His interests were many and included riding his motorcycle, going to auctions, and he was especially interested in protecting our environment.
His motto was, “Water is more important than gas.”
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kathryn (Yanachik) Greenwood and their children, Terence Greenwood of Daisytown, Todd (Amy) Greenwood of Charleroi and Tracy Greenwood of Bentleyville; his son, Jeffrey (Tina) Greenwood of Cincinnati, Ohio; two grandchildren, Cassidy & Eric Greenwood; 2=two brothers, Dennis (Cindi) Greenwood of RuffsDale and Randy (Jo) Greenwood of Rostraver Township; two nieces; a dear cousin, Gaylen Spinnenweber; and his best friend, Barry “Sunday” Nartowicz.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two nephews, Tim Greenwood and Allan Greenwood.
Friends will be received 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the James C. Stump Funeral Home Inc., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township where a Blessing service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday with Msgr. Roger Statnik officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.
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On Jan. 28, 2008 Green wood told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that “the water from the water well supply turned cloudy and discolored and contained sediment,” according to DEP documents. He asked the department to investigate.
The surface of the a nearby Dominion Energy gas well was about 400 feet away from the Grenwood family’s well water. And while pre-drilling tests showed iron and magnesium in acceptable levels, a post-drilling test indicate the level of those chemicals in the Greenwood’s water exceeded drinking water standards.
“The water…continues to be cloudy and discolored and cannot be used for the drinking and cooking purposes served by the well water supply.”