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Friday, October 2, 2015


112 Water Samples Received to Date; No Additional Detections of Isopropanol or MBAS

WEXFORD, Pa. (Oct. 2) – JKLM Energy, LLC issued the following update to the public regarding the company’s continuing response to the release of drilling chemicals at its Sweden Township, Potter County wellpad. These updates and related information are available at a project-specific website:

As of October 1, 2015, JKLM Energy, LLC has received a total of 112 lab results from water sources near the Reese Hollow 118 wellpad. Those results are summarized as follows:

*One well was sampled at 15ppm for isopropanol, which is the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s level for residential aquifer use under Act 2. 

The chart above indicates the total number of water samples (water wells, springs and surface water sources) analyzed to date (112), and those found with the presence of methylene blue activated substances (MBAS), isopropanol (IPA) and acetone, a constituent that is expected to be found as isopropanol breaks down in the environment. 

A total of five samples have been returned with levels of MBAS above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s non-health based secondary standard of 0.5 parts per million (ppm). As cited previously, a single sample was found at Pennsylvania’s Act 2 standard for isopropanol (15 ppm) for residential aquifer use, and no samples above the state standard of 33 ppm for acetone have been identified. 

A total of eight sources have been found with traces of MBAS, defined as above the laboratory detection limit, but below the USEPA secondary standard, while 10 sources have had similar traces for acetone, all well below the drinking water standard. The acetone results are to be expected, given the fact that the isopropanol continues to degrade over time. JKLM has noted in earlier updates that MBAS are analyzed to determine the general presence of soap-like constituents contained in the surfactant that was placed in the wellbore.

JKLM is continuing to work closely with local officials as well as the DEP to limit the release’s impact to the community and restore the local water aquifer to pre-drilling quality. Local residents with questions or who notice a change in their water quality may contact Dean Boorum, JKLM's community liaison, at (814) 598-3960.

The JKLM Community Outreach office is open at 200 N. West St. in Coudersport and will be staffed from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The public is invited to visit the office to talk with project managers, and view maps and related information about the company’s response efforts.

JKLM remains committed to its partnership with local residents, as well as to open lines of communication with local and state officials and affected property owners.

Unless circumstances change, given the positive trend exhibited by the test results to date, JKLM’s next press release will be issued Monday, October 5th.

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About JKLM Energy, LLC: JKLM is a privately held oil and gas producer headquartered in Wexford, Pa. The company is conducting operations at locations in Potter County.

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