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DEP Allows Driller To Continue Operations Despite Two Accidents in As Many Months

In the span of two months the same gas drilling company, Carizzo Marcellus, has had two accidents in Wyoming County and spilled thousands of gallons of fracking fluid.

After the first accident on March 13 released more than a quarter million gallons of fluids and forced the evacuation of three homes, the state Department of Environmental Protection asked the company to halt all operations within the state.

But the DEP allowed Carizzo to resume work just a few weeks later, before the agency’s own investigation was complete.

Now Carrizo has spilled another 9,000 gallons at a different well site in Wyoming County.

DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly says both investigations are ongoing. She told WNEP-TV the accidents are being treated as separate incidents.

State records show the Texas-based company has drilled 89 wells in Pennsylvania since 2009 and paid more than $113,000 dollars in penalties for infractions ranging from administrative recording-keeping to mishandling waste.

According to the Associated Press, the recent spill impacted a farm with miniature horses, but the animals were moved to safety and the public was not in danger.

WNEP-TV has more on the most recent spill:

Comments

  • john slesinger

    Anyone surprised by this or expect more from the DEP? Just another story to be ignored by everyone except those of us affected.

  • TheProspector

    What does the law and/or regulations say about this topic? I think “due process” may be involved before the state can close down a business. Secondly, I’ll bet it didn’t take too much time for those horses to be knee deep in brine.

    • Marie Cusick

      There is no written DEP policy on allowing a company with an ongoing investigation to resume normal operations. According to the agency, each investigation is dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

  • TCarlCoffelt

    Fracking fluid: 98% water, 2% sand, soap & other proprietary chemicals. It is disingenuous to lump other “infractions” into this particular spill. NO extraction process is without some accidents. Get real. This isn’t Nuclear waste folks. “Remove first the speck from thine own eye…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1522786448 Scott Cannon

      Carl, you’re getting your information from Fox News, too bad. Fracking fluid is about 50,000 gallons of chemicals for for and average PA frack mixed with 5,000,000 gallons of water, and it is not soap. This is DEP frack chemical registry. Other states use even harsher stuff.
      2,2-Dibromo-3-Nitrilopropionamide
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    • Kim Feil

      why is it that anywhere these things spill that nothing ever ever ever grows back? GO to west Texas and see for yourself is what I was told once.

  • crystalpoint

    There will always be accidents, and the best way to stop them is to place a large fine on the company who is responsible fro the accident! It is not good policy to shut a drilling company down, because of an accident! If you do this the consumer Will pay in the end! Drilling companies do not need more regulations to avoid accidents. Any gas or oil drilling company, will come up with solutions on their own. They are best equipped to solve the problem on their own!
    Ray Smith

  • crystalpoint

    An oil line that leaks oil because a fitting on the line was no tightened properly, this act is inexcusable and the employee should be fired. The sure way to avoid such sloppy accidents is to have the rigger, have a second personal, check the lines, and sign off on the installation each time a line is attached.
    Ray Smith

  • frackingfedup

    well from the comments here, I can see that PA stands no chance of being saved from the gasholes

  • frackingfedup

    after watching the WNEP news reel on this, DEP is going to do nothing, DEP should be shut down as well as the gas company.

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