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Lycoming County Fracking Spill: Truck Belongs To Spill Response Company


A truck carrying 4,600 gallons of fracking fluid crashed in Lycoming County on Wednesday

Scranton-area television station WNEP has more details about a Lycoming County crash involving a truck carrying 4,600 gallons of fracking fluid.

The truck was operated by Minuteman Environmental Services, a company that, ironically, responds to industrial spills. “For emergency spill cleanup or routine tank cleaning, Minuteman has the equipment you need,” the company’s website boats.  ”Our vacuum trucks, along with our inventory of specialty pumps, provide quick spill clean-ups, fluid transfers and easy tank cleaning and maintenance.”

Minuteman offers a range of other drilling-related services, including transportation of fracking fluid, and providing tanks for on-site fluid storage.

Here’s more information From WNEP:

The Minuteman Environmental Services driver somehow crashed into a rock wall in Watson Township on his way to a gas well site, according to state police.

Fire officials said the truck was hauling a full load in excess of 4,600 gallons of the treated wastewater that contains high salt levels and some chemicals used in the fracking process.

Firefighters placed booms in Pine Creek to catch any contamination.  A detour was expected to be in place for hours after the crash.

Governor Corbett visited Minuteman in February, and sang its praises as an “American success story.”

A Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman confirms WNEP’s details. Minuteman employee declined to comment to StateImpact Pennsylvania.



  • fnewburgh

    This is not ironic. This is predictable. This is reckless and haphazard and perhaps more reasons are involved that we will not discover about why this would happen. You wanna eat those fish or want our eagles to eat those fish now? I don’t..

  • Pissed Off in Pine Creek

    You won’t catch me swimming there anymore.

  • Bridgette Crockett

    But the fluids are safe, right? Yeah, in poor areas they are safe. In rich areas they are banned. Hmmmm.

  • Sledge Hammer

    Most of the chemicals a of soap & acid, so you tel me, do you think they are safe, let alone enviromentally healthy?

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