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Friday, April 22, 2011

Watching for Fracking Fluid

Waste water spewed from a well in Bradford County spilled into Towanda Creek which empties into the Susquehanna River. Several communities downstream get their drinking water from the Susquehanna.

Water comes straight from the Susquehanna River to the water treatment plant for filtration Shamokin Dam.

About 85 miles up river on Wednesday fracking fluid from the natural gas well in LeRoy spilled into the river, DEP said.

Resident William Colegrove said it's too far away to worry about what happened.
"I think there is a variety of filtration areas that will be handling it. Also the Susquehanna is such a wide based river that I think the contamination, what ever it might be, will not this far off," said Colegrove.

Borough officials said half a million gallons get filtered a day and it also gets tested. State officials are monitoring the water said right now there is no threat.

Shamokin Dam's borough manager said he is also keeping a close eye on things.
"I've made the calls to DEP that we are going to be covered and I'm up on what's going on. They have been free with their information. The word I'm getting from them is sit tight and really don't worry about it right now," said Ed Hovenstine, Shamokin Dam Borough manager.

Some people who live in the area said they are not concerned.

"I only drink cool aid tea, water out of bottle. I don't drink out of a faucet. It doesn't bother me that much," said resident Andrea Keating.

Borough officials said if things were to change and the water became contaminated they have a reserve for about four days for residents to use.
Watching for Fracking Fluid