Published on Feb 1, 2013
Black Water - Marcellus Shale Reality Tour Part 11
This is the story of Max Chilson. His water turned black a year and a half ago, the same day a nearby gas well started drilling about 1,200 feet from his home. He hasn't had clean well water to drink ever since.
Chief Oil and Gas, who owns 2 wells on both sides of his property, wanted him to sign an agreement that would provide him a bigger UV water filtration system, $300 worth of filters, and denies any present or future responsibilities for Max's water turning black.
The DEP told Max that the black water didn't happen because of gas drilling activies, nor did they give him any explanation of why it happened. The DEP has come under fire recently for providing test results that didn't disclose all of the contaminants found in well water samples. Additionally, In a legal deposition, a DEP employee said the department failed to provide its water specialists with training to help them interpret the lab reports and identify contaminants that could signal Marcellus Shale-related impacts. The DEP says it fully stands behind it's tests.