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By sandbagger2
BigGabber wrote:I've been away a long time. I just got the letter for the pipeline. I haven't heard anything until recently. I decided to go and take pictures of the whole line. I took every picture from concord rd to knowlton rd. Guess what? I spoke to a guy over there. They are closing Creek Rd for a water line and the pipe line. They are going under the creek. He said they are going 48 feet under the creek. He was a worker. I told him we were asking because we just found out and he gave us the ohh boy look. He was nice and I don't think he would fib about the depth going under the creek. So while this doesn't back up to my home it is close. We should have been notified sooner. It could be very disastrous to the eco system. We've lost enough land and spills happen. My house is vibrating when they are drilling. I'm far enough away but it freaked me out. I'm use to the military planes shaking the windows but not the earth. We don't need more oil we need freaking solar and wind energy. I am freaking out and bet you [--removed--] I'll be at this meeting. I might get thrown out.

For Immediate Release:

BROOKHAVEN BOROUGH, PA – May 12, 2017. At about 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, MCCS was alerted to the following message on the Brookhaven Borough web site:

“According to our Borough Engineer's office, Sunoco Logistics is working in the front yard of 5005 and 5007 Chester Creek Rd. The work is associate with the Mariner East pipeline but is not the actual pipeline location. They are directionally drilling the pipeline under Chester Creek. The operation includes the pumping of bentonite ( a slurry made of clay and water ) to fill any voids created by the drilling. The slurry apparently followed a fracture in the rock under the area and started to bubble out in the area of 5005 and 5007. The work is to clean up and remove the slurry. This is a non toxic substance as it is only clay and water. The duration of the work is unknown because they do not know the full extent of the errant slurry. They have been advised to come in and make a full report with the Borough office.”

In the intervening days, Brookhaven has declined to answer questions about the spill or its cleanup, instead referring questions to representatives of Sunoco’s public relations firm The Bravo Group (tagline: “Win Tough Fights—When you're doing everything right but you're still not winning.”)

Seeking information about the impact to Chester Creek and area drinking water supplies, local residents have been on the scene monitoring and documenting the spill. “Horizontal drilling fluid often contains substances beyond water and bentonite” said Eve Miari of the Middletown Coalition. “We call on Sunoco and Brookhaven Borough to quickly and fully disclose the contents of the leaked fluid, and the quantity of material spilled into this waterway of the Commonwealth.”

Images made by area residents show large walls of sandbags placed in the area, including in the center of Chester Creek.

Leaks of drilling fluid are commonplace in Sunoco operations. MCCS commissioned a waterway and wetland impact study which forecast the likelihood of such events. Sunoco has a recent history of such spills for which it has paid penalties to the Commonwealth. In April 2017, Energy Transfer Partners, Sunoco’s corporate parent, spilled over 2 million gallons of drilling fluid into Ohio wetlands. “It’s a tragedy in that we would anticipate this wetland won’t recover to its original condition for decades,” Ohio EPA spokesman James Lee told ThinkProgress.

Even Sunoco’s own applications to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) analyzed the risk to public and private water supplies. (PADEP posted and then removed from its web site the documents from which the following information is extracted. MCCS has provided these original documents at the link listed at the end of this press release).



Potential HDD [horizontal directional drilling] Impacts
HDD for pipelines usually occur at depths less than 100 feet, which could include the crossing of superficial/shallow aquifers. The primary potential impact to groundwater is the migration of drilling fluid away from the HDD drill path. Specifically, drilling fluid expended downhole will flow in the path of least resistance. While the path of least resistance is typically the bore hole itself, it may instead be an existing fracture, fissure, or formation opening in the soil or rock substrate. When this happens, circulation can be lost or reduced and drilling fluid could enter the groundwater table that could be used by private groundwater wells.

Public surface water supplies:


Potential Hazardous Material Spill and Encounter Impacts
Hazardous material spills and encounters with unanticipated contaminated soil has a potential to impact surface waters that may be upstream and in or along a surface water with a public water supply intake. Work with diesel run equipment is often carried out adjacent to, and within wetlands, waters, and floodways. A spill could result in a direct and immediate impact.

Potential HDD Impacts
HDD fluid follows the path of least resistance and may leave the bore hole through a variety of geologic anomalies. The environment may be impacted if the fluid inadvertently returns to the surface at a location on a waterway’s banks or within a waterway or wetland. If the fluid cannot be adequately contained, it can mix with surface water, dramatically increasing turbidity, and flow downstream. If this turbid flow reaches a surface water intake, then the public water supply could be adversely affected.

All information obtained by MCCS to document this spill, including photographs of the leak site, is publicly available at…/fol…/0B2ZPnJxdHlVyUXo4dTV5UGM1cUU. Additional documentation and images will be added as they become available.

The Middletown Coalition for Community Safety is a nonpartisan, fact-based, grassroots organization of concerned Pennsylvanians. Despite its name, the Coalition stretches across our Commonwealth. Our mission is to unite people through education and to encourage our elected officials to make informed policy decisions for the safety and well-being of our communities.
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By breitak67
For perspective, bentonite has been sold for years in capsules for dieters. It's supposed to sweep the intestines clean, or something like that. I did a well-known diet supplement regimen a few years ago, and one of the components was "cleanse" capsules before bed. They were full of bentonite and other cheap and equally inneffective but harmless materials. Studies have shown no health or weight loss benefits to bentonite cleansing.

Of course, the bentonite in the capsules is probably selected and processed to be safe for consumption. They're probably not so discriminating when it comes to drilling mud.
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By eriknben10
About a month ago I was talking to the drillers who said the bentonite they are using comes from Wyoming. They say it makes the grass grow like crazy where they clean up spills.
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By eriknben10
sandbagger2 wrote:Mariner East Drilling Spill - Brookhaven,
Creek Rd

The guy to the left of the machine at 1:02 in the video owns the drilling rig that went under the creek. The mud they use is biodegradable. Not a environmental hazard at all.
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By sandbagger2
eriknben10 wrote:
sandbagger2 wrote:Mariner East Drilling Spill - Brookhaven,
Creek Rd

The guy to the left of the machine at 1:02 in the video owns the drilling rig that went under the creek. The mud they use is biodegradable. Not a environmental hazard at all.
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