Saturday, July 4, 2009

Waste from Marcellus Shale Drilling Kills Fish

Waste from Marcellus shale drilling in Cross Creek Park kills fish
Friday, June 05, 2009

A leaking waste water pipe from a Range Resources Marcellus shale gas well drilled in Washington County's Cross Creek Park has polluted an unnamed tributary of Cross Creek Lake, killing fish, salamanders, crayfish and aquatic insect life in approximately three-quarters of a mile of the stream.

The state Department of Environmental Protection said Range Resources reported the May 26 waste water discharge from a coupling on a 6-inch pipe running from a recently drilled well to a waste water impoundment.

The DEP has taken water samples of the stream above and below the pollution release, said Helen Humphreys, a department spokeswoman, and, after those are evaluated, will determine the appropriate enforcement action.

The Range Resources has drilled three Marcellus shale deep gas wells in the 3,000 acre county-owned park.

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Smurfette said...

Wow! Only three wells in the area and already a blunder...Hmmm...They said three or four wells in French Azilum. Hope they don't have the same result, or the stench of dead fish and animals will be added to the chemically odoriferous drilling waste.

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