Drilling mud blow-out on Snow Hollow Rd, Susquehanna County, into Laurel Lake Creek; Exceptional waters
Protecting Our Waters received four reports from Susquehanna County residents in the past three days about this blowout, which began August 1st. While in the field recently we heard disturbing reports about many past drilling mud blowouts, but this one is happening right now. “Drilling mud” contains toxic materials. It is far from benign despite the natural, earthy sound of the word “mud.”
This new blowout is contaminating waters rated “exceptional value” by the state. While all water is invaluable, these waters are supposed to be especially protected by law. We will update this rough report with more detail as more becomes known.
Laurel Lake creek flows across Silver Creek Rd. to Silver Creek which flows into Salt Springs State Park. Susquehanna County residents ask in repeated emails, “Will anyone speak out about this?”
Chronic Effects/Carcinogenicity Silicosis: Excessive inhalation of respirable crystalline silica dust may cause a
progressive, disabling, and sometimes-fatal lung disease called silicosis. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, non-specific chest illness, and reduced pulmonary function…. There is some evidence that [it]… is associated with an increased incidence of significant disease endpoints such as scleroderma (an immune system disorder manifested by scarring of the lungs, skin, and other internal organs) and kidney disease.
After midnight on August 3rd, we received word the spill is still occurring. Here is a follow-up video.