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COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120

DEP INVESTIGATING NATURAL GAS WELL LEAK IN LYCOMING COUNTY

07/28/2009 WILLIAMSPORT – The Department of Environmental Protection is investigating a leak at a non-Marcellus natural gas well at an East Resources well in McNett Township, Lycoming County, which was verified yesterday.

“East Resources is cooperating fully with our investigation, and has already implemented measures to stop the leak,” said DEP Northcentral Regional Director Robert Yowell.

“DEP staff will continue to work closely with East Resources and local emergency responders to ensure the safety of nearby residents.”

DEP was alerted to the problem last week by a citizen who reported discoloration of water in a tributary to Lycoming Creek and in a nearby spring. DEP staff investigated on July 24 what was then a suspected sediment problem in the creek.

On Monday, DEP received a report of possible natural gas bubbling from the tributary. DEP staff collected water samples from the spring and the tributary.

Those samples are being analyzed for methane and other parameters in the department’s laboratory in Harrisburg. DEP staff confirmed the bubbling in two Lycoming Creek tributaries earlier today.

East Resources personnel monitored 18 private water wells in the nearby area that same day, and are providing water to four homes.

They also monitored methane levels in the homes.

East Resources has three wells in the area, which are in the Oriskaney geologic formation, and not in the Marcellus Shale.

Two of the wells are drilled and completed, but not yet in service due to the lack of gathering lines in the area. The third well was previously plugged and abandoned.

East Resources began flaring the Delciotto #2 well on Monday to reduce pressure from the natural gas, and is currently working to flare the other two wells.

The company is investigating the possibility that a casing failure in part of the Delciotto #2 well caused the natural gas leak.

The company is attempting to seal off the leak with drilling mud to stop the natural gas from escaping.


Media Release: COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

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