|Starrucca Viaduct, Lanesboro PA|
That same day, July 3 the American Water Works Association released a statement calling for more regulatory oversight of hydro-fracking operations. They call on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act to regulate oil and gas well construction and operation - including hydro-fracking- through the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program. They also ask EPA to use its existing authority under the Clean Water Act to regulate discharges from oil and gas wells. While the group supports sound federal energy policies, it clearly states that oil and gas development (including fracking) "must provide appropriate protection of our nation's ground water and surface water resources."
Meanwhile, the residents in Leroy Township (Bradford County, PA) are dealing with another spill - 4,700 gallons of hydrochloric acid at the Yoder well operated by Chief Oil and Gas. So far it's been contained, say the folks from Chief and PA's Department of Environmental Protection, with no runoff getting into Towanda Creek.