JKLM Energy Accident Contaminates 5 PA Water Wells with Soap

Dawn dish soapIn February MDN told you about a deal signed by a hospital in Potter County, PA to lease 742.9 acres of hospital-owned land to JKLM Energy to drill Utica Shale wells (see Potter County, PA Hospital Leases Land to JKLM for Utica Drilling). Since that time, drilling under the property (and presumably under surrounding properties) has taken place. And, unfortunately, there was an accident. JKLM discovered that 55 gallons of soap (yes, soap) used to free a broken drill bit around 570 feet down the bore hole on Sept. 18 leaked into the water aquifer and migrated to five local water wells. No one is in danger. The soap is already heavily diluted and will soon disappear. There is no lasting damage. But the way the Harrisburg Patriot-News is covering it, you would think a chemical tanker had overturned irreparably polluting an entire town’s water supply. The way JKLM has responded has been exemplary, testing everything in sight, communicating with landowners and the hospital, issuing press releases with full details on a daily basis…

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