Tanker spills drilling wastewater in Pa. creek
JERSEY SHORE, Pa. (AP) — A tanker carrying 4,600 gallons of fracking wastewater has spilled its load near a storm drain that empties into Pine Creek, a popular fishing spot in Pennsylvania's Lycoming County.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says the truck spilled treated wastewater on State Route 44 in Watson Township on Wednesday afternoon. DEP says it's not clear how many gallons have spilled. The agency has sampled various spots on Pine Creek and says it has not detected any harm to fish.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the technique used by drillers to tap into deep reserves of natural gas. Each fracked well can produce millions of gallons of contaminated wastewater.