www.timesleader.com News Sports Weather Obituaries Features Business People Opinion Video Contact Us Classifieds

Maryland mulling lawsuit over area fracking spill

BALTIMORE — Maryland’s attorney general said he plans to sue a gas-drilling company over a spill of thousands of gallons of hydraulic fracturing fluid into a Susquehanna River tributary last month.

Douglas Gansler said Monday he has filed a notice of intent to sue Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. for allegedly violating federal anti-pollution laws.

A company spokesman told The Baltimore Sun that the April 19 spill into Towanda Creek in Leroy Township, Bradford County, had a limited environmental impact with no adverse effects on aquatic wildlife.

He said the spill had no effect on the Susquehanna River, which empties into the Chesapeake Bay.

Gansler said the fluid contained toxic chemicals. Drilling companies use it to fracture the bedrock and release natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, which underlies parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland

The Weekender Go Lackawanna Timesleader The Dallas Post Tunkhannock Times Impressions Media The Abington Journal Hazelton Times Five Mountain Times El Mensajero Pittston Sunday Dispatch Creative Circle Media Image Map