Authority to seek answers in frack fluid spill

Authority to seek answers in frack fluid spill by Amanda Dolasinski, August 10, 2012, Tribune-Review
The seepage began because drillers nearby bored through a previously unknown spring in Bell Township, said officials at the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. … The substance was a grout that included the clay bentonite — a mix that drillers call liquid cement, officials said. … Harriet Ellenberger of Mt. Pleasant told the authority board that there needs to be citizen oversight when a problem occurs. “That’s an important part of an ongoing trust for this administration and the water authority — to have someone other than the company tell you that something happened,” she said. “I think we need to have some monitoring done by people besides Consol Energy.”

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