COUDERSPORT, Pa (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says Coudersport is OK to resume using two drinking water wells tainted with soap by natural gas drillers last fall.
The DEP is still investigating the soap that tainted the Coudersport wells and several others after leaking from JKLM Energy’s natural gas drilling pad in Sweden Township in late September.
Some 55 gallons of soap was used to free a drill bit stuck nearly 600 feet below ground. But some of the soap migrated into the wells.
DEP officials said Monday that tests on the water wells used by Coudersport show all contaminants are well below maximum allowable levels, or were not detected at all.
Officials with JKLM Energy planned to release a statement later Monday.
The DEP hasn’t determined whether the company will be fined.
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