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Saturday, August 30, 2014

DEP: 35 Water Wells in McKean County Contaminated by Oil, Gas Prospecting

DEP: 35 Water Wells in McKean County Contaminated by Oil, Gas Prospecting

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has released details of 243 cases where companies prospecting for oil or gas contaminated private drinking water wells – and 35 of those are in McKean County. DEP posted online links to the documents after the agency conducted what it called a “thorough review” of paper files stored among its regional offices. 

Pennsylvania’s auditor general said in a report last month that DEP’s system for handling complaints “was woefully inadequate” and that investigators could not even determine whether all complaints were actually entered into a reporting system. DEP hasn’t issued a statement yet. 

While most of the incidents in McKean County were in Bradford Township between 2008 and 2010, they were also reported in Foster, Corydon, Lafayette and Hamilton townships.
The most recent in Foster Township was 366 days ago. The most recent in Lafayette Township was in November. 

The problems listed in the documents include methane gas contamination, spills of wastewater and other pollutants, and wells that went dry or were otherwise undrinkable. Some of the problems were temporary, but the names of landowners were redacted, so it wasn’t clear if the problems were resolved to their satisfaction. Other complaints are still being investigated.
List of Complaints PDF

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

good luck with having clean water in 30 years rural PA

Anonymous said...

30 years? Keep on fracking...PA will very soon be having more earthquakes than Oklahoma. Now THAT is good news. Water is contaminated NOW-and who benefits? Not us. We will become ill; we will pay the tax bills to clean up; we will suffer when our communities are merely giant sinkholes. Another round of applause for Corbett and PA republicans. The ANTI SCIENCE types ...

Anonymous said...

All of you gas and oil drilling defenders and wishful thinkers are a little slow on the throttle when it comes to explaining this away. Pretty much a smoking gun here and that's hard to dispute.

Anonymous said...

And any grant money used to memedy the situation is ultimately spent tax dollars. How about actually holding accountable the ones who created the problem.

Anonymous said...

This is becoming all too common. A new Governor is needed.