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Krancer: Idea Fracking Polluting Groundwater Is “Bogus”

Scott Detrow / StateImpact Pennsylvania

DEP Secretary Michael Krancer and Energy Executive Patrick Henderson compare notes during a July Commission meeting

More on Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer’s Washington testimony, from the Post-Gazette:

“The myth that terrible chemicals are getting into the groundwater is completely myth. It is bogus,” Mr. Krancer told the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. He said sand and water comprise 99.5 percent of mixtures blasted into wells to free gas from the Marcellus Shale.

Some congressmen, though, are concerned about what’s in the other half percent. Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., suggested it’s a “largely unknown cocktail of chemicals and pollutants” that the federal government has a role in regulating.

The hearing came three weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to develop new rules for the disposal of fracking wastewater.


  • Dory Hippauf

    Krancer – just another state official who thinks he works for the gas industry.  Please invite him to go to Dimock and have a nice big tall glass of cool water.

  • John Slesinger

    Whose payroll is Krancer on? If the DEP actually investigated any complaints the truth would come out. There are chemicals used throughout the drilling, fracking, and extraction process. Mistakes are made throughout the process, the biggest culprit being well casings. If the DEP denies this they are either stupid or corrupt. There is no other possibility. Why do they not want any other agency looking over their shoulder? Its ok to drink a little poison just like its ok to shoot someone just a little. Follow my lawsuit in Cambria County Court and see just how the DEP handles a case of water well contamination.

  • Anonymous

    Well if Krancer said this, it must be correct? NOT! Then flaming faucets and strange organic and inorganic chemicals are normal in the groundwater! Dimock and the groundwater contamination in Bradford County show that this is not a correct statement. It would seem that the lack of characterization of the extent of the groundwater plumes at just these two locations indicates that PADEP has not done the normal job in using scientific logic in determining the size of the problem. I’m sure there is some logic in stating normal background testing has found methane at some locations but at levels more likely in the parts per billion range, not at the flamethrower levels like at Dimock.

  • Anonymous

    Almost forgot to mention that one reason PADEP wants to minimize the talk on gas drilling wastewater is the use of this for deicing roads. The information on proposed modification of General Permit WMGR064 can be found at:

    Compare the proposed levels that will be dumped on roads with the EPA Maximum Contaminant Levels. Comments due today on this controversial issue!!!!! Did you forget to search your Pennsylvania Bulletin! Well you might be out of luck. Another fracked up idea from the folkes in Harrisburg.

  • Julieann Wozniak

    The idea that Mr. Krancer is impartial, untainted by gouts of industry money, and able to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth is “bogus.” Typical pol with his head in the sand.

    • Anonymous

      “head in sand”, you are being too kind in that remark!

  • Girawolf

    Well, there is plenty of natural salt brine down deep which will make a shallow water well unusable if the brine is forced up to the water table. There’s that.

    And what about all the OLD oil wells, which were sealed, but not to withstand the very high pressures of fracking. They stand a good chance of being conduits for the pressure to force its way up to groundwater. Especially in places such as NY, WV, OH where well-plugging was considered not difficult in the old days because hydrocarbon reservoirs were not highly pressurized like they are in Texas and elsewhere.

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