18 Aug '11, 3pm

Water turning black, testing positive for arsenic and methylene chloride? All in a day, thanks to #fracking in Penn.

Pennsylvania is a state where the bad news about natural gas operations never seems to end. The latest? Drilling mud has been spilled four times into Laurel Lake Creek during drilling of a natural gas pipeline. Laurel Lake Creek is part of the Silver Creek watershed, and portions of the watershed have been determined to have "exceptional value" because they contain pristine streams that deserve extra protections from environmental harm. It took four spills before the state shut down this operation. A worker on the site said in a video that this type of issue was "typical" for this kind of work. Earlier this year, the state asked natural gas operators to voluntarily stop sending fracking waste to wastewater treatment plants, because these plants weren’t adequately equipped to treat the toxic ingredients and the waste was discharged into rivers that are sources of drinking w...

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