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Carrizo Spills Another 9,000 Gallons Fracking Fluid, Harms Horse Farm

May 10, 2013

WNEP, NPR/StateImpactPA, and other news media continue to post news about the 9,000 gallons of fracking fluid spilled by Carrizo. Carrizo is committing violation after violation (48 so far), with no conclusion to the investigation of their blowout on March 13th, also in Wyoming County, PA; no known penalties and no interruption of their drilling and fracking operations.

StateImpact reports here: “DEP Allows Driller to Continue Operations Despite Two Accidents in as Many Months.” 

ACTION: The Pennsylvania DEP main number at its Harrisburg headquarters, in the Rachel Carson Building, is:  Phone: 717-783-2300.  Carrizo should not be allowed to frack and its operations should be shut down. Call on PA DEP to fulfill its mission and protect our environment, our health and our communities, not polluters. 

WNEP reported on May 1st, 2013, in “Fracking Fluid Cleanup Continues“:

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP – On Wednesday, crews continued to clean up the 9,000 gallons of fracking fluid spilled from a well site in Wyoming County on Tuesday

One home and some farmland have significant damage.

This comes less than two months after the same company had another big spill that forced several families from their homes.

Trenches are being dug, and big vacuums are sucking up the spill.

Fred Kuntz is a farm hand along Sickler Road, and says the spill has caused him lots of problems on the Windy Hill Cattle farm.

“The back part I can’t mow, because they got it all dug up. Behind his lawn I can’t mow. The field up here, they’ve got it all messed up. What am I supposed to do? Take it day by day,” said Kuntz.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says a faulty hose came loose at the Carrizzo Oil and Gas site. But the company responded fast and is providing water to residents and collecting water samples.

This is the same company that had another fracking fluid spill less than two months ago on nearby Keiserville road when a drill broke.

“That’s something we’ll take into consideration what, if any, penalties we’ll impose against Carrizo but we are treating the two incidents separate,” said DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly…

DEP says Carrizo had not begun fracking at this site just yet and has not been ordered to cease operations.

Newswatch 16 has reached out to Carrizo Oil and Gas several times, but our calls have not been returned.


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