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AP: Truck Spills Fracking Fluid In Lycoming County

Update: read more information about the spill here.

The Associated Press is reporting a truck carrying 4,600 gallons of fracking fluid has spilled in Lycoming County.

A tanker carrying 4,600 gallons of fracking wastewater has spilled its load near a storm drain that empties into Pine Creek, a popular fishing spot in Lycoming County.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says the truck spilled treated wastewater on State Route 44 in Watson Township on Wednesday afternoon. DEP says it’s not clear how many gallons have spilled. The agency has sampled various spots on Pine Creek and says it has not detected any harm to fish.

Used fluid is filled with salty brine, along with chemicals used during the hydraulic fracturing process.

A statement from the Department of Environmental Protection did not include any additional information. The agency is not yet releasing the name of the company involved in the spill. (Note: DEP has since confirmed the company as Minuteman Environmental Services.)

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