Drinking Water Wells Contaminated by Fracking

Drinking Water Wells Contaminated by Fracking by Kevin Begos, Associated Press, February 29, 2012
One resident with drinking water problems says she specifically asked DEP and company representatives if there had been any problems during nearby gas drilling. “Both of them are like, ‘no, no, no,’” says Janet McIntyre. But the agency’s own records show that in September 2010, State College-based Rex was cited for either failing to report casing job problems within 24 hours or failure to submit a plan to correct the problem within 30 days. In November of that year the company was cited for a stream discharge of drilling waste, and failure to properly store, transport, or dispose of waste. Rex acknowledged the well casing problems in a report on finances in late 2010, and suggested that up to five wells had such problems. A few months later, residents began complaining that their water was tainted. Rex says last week that one nearby well didn’t use any of the chemicals that showed up in McIntyre’s water tests in late August, 2011. But the AP found that another nearby well used as much as 66,446 gallons of petroleum distillates during the hydraulic fracturing process….

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