Maryland Sues Over Natural Gas Contamination of Susquehanna

It is good to see that the State of Maryland is not taking lightly the contamination of their waters by natural gas activities. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has sent a letter to Chesapeake Energy notifying them of the State’s intent to sue for violation of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA). This lawsuit comes in response to a massive spill on April 19 that caused thousands of gallons of fracking fluids to flow into Towanda Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River. We knew Chesapeake was full of it, and apparently so did Maryland’s Attorney General.

Towanda Creek lies above the Marcellus Shale, a natural gas deposit located in a number of northeastern states. Chesapeake Energy was conducting a hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) process when the spill occurred. Recently, Congress found that 750 chemicals and compounds, including 29 that are known or suspected to cause cancer, are used in fracking operations across the country. Some of those chemicals are now flowing down the Susquehanna River. This is certainly not going to help the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.

“Companies cannot expose citizens to dangerous chemicals that pose serious health risks to the environment and to public health,” said Attorney General Gansler. Thank you Mister Attorney General. We agree.

Tell the Susquehanna River Basin to stop fracking until appropriate safeguards are in place to prevent toxic contamination of our water supply!