DEP Gives All Clear for JKLM-Contaminated Water Wells in PA

Last September MDN told you about an accidental spill (or rather migration) of soap into a local water aquifer in Coudersport, PA (see JKLM Energy Accident Contaminates 5 PA Water Wells with Soap). JKLM Energy was trying to free a drill bit stuck in the hole about 570 feet down. The soap they used migrated into a local water aquifer and contaminated five nearby private water wells with very low levels of soap. Not long after the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a Notice of Violation to JKLM (see PA DEP Issues Notice of Violation to JKLM Energy for Spilled Soap). Throughout the “crisis”, if you can call it that, JKLM communicated constantly with local residents to get them what they need, and share full information. Since last October we’d not heard anything about the situation until yesterday when the DEP issued a press release saying two of the wells are now cleared to be used again. Apparently the other three wells belong to the hospital (on whose land JKLM was drilling) and the hospital switched to municipal water so they’re in no hurry to begin re-using those wells again–if ever…

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