Tests show no environmental impact from gas drilling dischargeBy DAVID THOMPSON - email@example.com
The state Department of Environmental Protection anticipates no adverse impact to the environment from a foamy discharge detected this week along Route 44 about one mile south of Waterville.
The discharge was found in spring water running off a hillside, under a road and into Pine Creek in Cummings Township.
"We see no environmental effects at this point," said Michael C. Welch, assistant director of the DEP's northcentral regional office.
The discharge was found on Monday. It was traced to a gas drilling site in the township operated by Warren-based Pennsylvania General Energy Co. LLC.
Company officials said the discharge was residue left over from drilling on a nearby five-well pad.
In addition to taking samples of the discharge, the DEP sent the company a notice of violation and set deadlines for it to respond to the notice. More...