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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Frackwater @ Standing Stone on the Susquehanna

The ongoing saga of the degradation of the Susquehanna River added a new page yesterday with the following:

"At this point, Eureka is planning to discharge up to 200,000 gallons of water a day into the Susquehanna River, said Dan Ertel, CEO of Eureka Resources."
Check out the entire story here.
In case you don't have time to read the article, here's another gem:
The discharged water will be clean enough to meet the standards for drinking water, said Kent McManus, Eureka's vice-president for engineering.
 "Essentially we're making drinking water" at the plant, Ertel said at the hearing, which was held in the Standing Stone Township's municipal building.
I have a cost-cutting idea for Eureka. Instead of dumping it in the Susquehanna, why not bottle the "drinking water" you make at this plant and provide it, free of charge, to all of your personnel in the field and at your various offices?
We've heard it all before. Another day....another lie.



  1. Bottling that 'drinking water' - for the execs, employees and regulators - is the best idea I have heard yet! It should become a new DEP standard...love it.

  2. Dear Anon: Thanks! Hey, it's the old "put up or shut up" approach. They made the claim, so they should be willing to back it up. Facta non verba.

  3. The same comments were made about the quality of the frackwater that was "cleansed" and returned to the Susquehanna at the Sunbury Generation Power Plant in Hummels Wharf when frackwater was delivered to that plant from 2007 through 2011. They stopped discharging frackwater there in May 2011 after pressure was applied. Then, in the fall/winter of 2011 I started catching smallmouth bass with black pigment all over their skin and it continues to this day. To my knowledge no one has ever checked endocrine disrupter (chemical) levels in that section of the river. I asked PFBC to do so.
    History is repeating itself and people using this great river will see both environmental and personal health effects for generations.

    William L. Yingling M.D.

    1. This blog was just emailed to me via a friend in central Alberta. Isn't it sad that we citizens must worry about endocrine disrupters, dugouts and livestock waters that turn crystal clear after hydraulic fracturing, cancers in cattle and "mystery" new chemicals discharged in ground shielded flares that may have caused hair loss, burning skin and respiratory illness suddenly in people who reside close to oil and gas activity. Take photos, keep accurate notes, and keep pushing for healthy and safe water, air and soil for all life. We citizens must stand up and be counted to force our govts. to represent the citizens, not just the O&G industry. They do supply well paying jobs to many, but the local residents usually don't benefit and must deal with the consequences ... inability to sell properties close to O&G, contamination, loss of livelihood and lifestyle. Get educated, listen with a caring heart and speak the truth. We are to be stewards of the land.

  4. To all: We are all connected in this, and I could not agree with you more. Thanks for taking the time to add to this discussion. I will continue to do my small part to get the word out.