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Thomas R. Randis

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Program Director, Water Quality Management

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Tom Randis PA DEP Northcentral Regional Office trandis@state.pa.us (570) 327-3781


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"In a receiving stream as large ...

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"In a receiving stream as large as Pine Creek, a 3,600 gallon discharge is not typically going to cause an environmental degradation," said DEP Water Quality Program Manager Tom Randis.

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"We did not do a benthic survey because there was no visual fish kill," said Randis.
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"The solution to pollution is dilution," said Randis.
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That's relatively insignificant in terms of a mixing zone," said Randis.
Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid is HydroRecovery LP's treated frack water. The exact formula is proprietary, but HydroRecovery confirmed that the fluid spilled by Minuteman contained constituents besides brine.
"We're going to get Minuteman's product data sheets tomorrow," said Randis. "Our investigative findings will be public information. The company would have to follow very specific protocol for that information to remain confidential."
The spill occurred upstream from Jersey Shore Water Authority's Pine Creek intake.
"DEP did not notify the Jersey Shore Water Authority because the intake there is only in operation during low flow periods," said Randis of DEP. "Pine Creek is a backup intake. Larry's Creek is their primary water supply."
DEP opted not to notify downstream residents of the contamination either.
"By the time they got the letter the contamination would have been long gone," said Randis. "Probably to Sunbury by then."
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"That's a clean streams law violation," said Randis. "We will determine if there will be any fines after we gather all the facts about damage to the receiving stream, what was released, and the response by the responsible party - in this case, Minuteman."
DEP was asked if Minuteman would pay for the clean up effort.
"The only assumption I can make is yes," said Randis.


Water Quality

www.responsibledrillingalliance.org [cached]

"In a receiving stream as large as Pine Creek, a 3,600 gallon discharge is not typically going to cause an environmental degradation," said DEP Water Quality Program Manager Tom Randis.

...
"We did not do a benthic survey because there was no visual fish kill," said Randis.
...
"The solution to pollution is dilution," said Randis.
...
That's relatively insignificant in terms of a mixing zone," said Randis.
Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid is HydroRecovery LP's treated frack water. The exact formula is proprietary, but HydroRecovery confirmed that the fluid spilled by Minuteman contained constituents besides brine.
"We're going to get Minuteman's product data sheets tomorrow," said Randis. "Our investigative findings will be public information. The company would have to follow very specific protocol for that information to remain confidential."
The spill occurred upstream from Jersey Shore Water Authority's Pine Creek intake.
"DEP did not notify the Jersey Shore Water Authority because the intake there is only in operation during low flow periods," said Randis of DEP. "Pine Creek is a backup intake. Larry's Creek is their primary water supply."
DEP opted not to notify downstream residents of the contamination either.
"By the time they got the letter the contamination would have been long gone," said Randis. "Probably to Sunbury by then."
...
"That's a clean streams law violation," said Randis. "We will determine if there will be any fines after we gather all the facts about damage to the receiving stream, what was released, and the response by the responsible party - in this case, Minuteman."
DEP was asked if Minuteman would pay for the clean up effort.
"The only assumption I can make is yes," said Randis.


"We took a number of samples," ...

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"We took a number of samples," said Tom Randis, water quality operations chief for the DEP Northcentral Region, overseeing 14 counties.

On July 1, water quality samples indicated low-oxygen levels but nothing out of the normal range, Randis said Wednesday.
After ordering a "priority" analysis, the water samples were sent the DEP Bureau of Laboratories in Harrisburg.
"An algicide application two weeks prior apparently killed the plants, and the decaying vegetation absorbed the oxygen out of the water table," Randis said, explaining the results. The initial water test showed an almost non-existent level of oxygen, essential for fish to breathe, he said.
Meanwhile, DEP heard from a number of people who were concerned that the fish kill was related to a nearby gas-drilling operation.
"Some people indicated the well pad in the area had discharged toxic chemicals," Randis said.
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"We knew it would come back," Randis said. "It looked like a more extensive kill and I am surprised it returned so quickly."
If the fracking operation was at fault, metals associated with natural gas drilling would be found, or elevated levels of chlorides or salt, Randis said. They were not. Rather, the club brought the fish kill onto itself.
"I don't think they could have anticipated what would occur," Randis said of the club, which applied the algicide that ultimately was determined to have caused the problem prior to an extended dry spell.
No punitive or corrective action has been taken against the club by DEP. The club applied the chemical at appropriate rates and the permit indicated a controlled spread on the bottom one third of the lake, he said.
"That occurs if the state determines inappropriate application of the algicide or illegal discharge of chemicals into the lake," he said.
The algicide also was applied last year and a fish kill occurred on the lake in 2006 for similar reasons, he said. "One can only assume the club must balance the amount of vegetation with the needs or wants of the fishing community since it is a private lake."
"The fish kill is not an isolated problem," Randis said. The northwest and northcentral parts of the state have been hit the hardest this year. DEP investigated a number of fish kills due to spawning stress, high heat and low oxygen levels, he said.

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